Israeli Inventors Design Face Mask For Eating Out Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

by Sanjana Shenoy
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Who does not remember Pac-Man? One of the first popular video games, that grew considerably in fandom through the years. The signature move of Pac-Man is to gobble up the white dots. In a similar fashion,  Israeli inventors have developed a coronavirus mask that lets you eat in restaurants like Pac-Man. This mask face mask is designed with a remote control mouth that helps diners eat food without taking it off. This invention can definitely make eating out a safer and more hygienic experience.

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Face Mask Designed For Eating Out

Israeli inventors have made a face mask with a remote control mouth that lets diners eat food without taking it off, a device they feel could make a visit to a restaurant less risky. With just a squeeze of a lever, one can open a slot in the front of the mask so that food can pass through. This is perfect for solid morsels however can get messy for items like ice-cream. “The mask will be opened mechanically by hand remote or automatically when the fork is coming to the mask,” Asaf Gitelis, Vice President of Avtipus Patents and Inventions, said on Monday as he demonstrated the device at its offices near Tel Aviv. He added, “Then you can eat, enjoy, drink and you take out the fork and it will be closed, and you’re protected against the virus and other people sitting with you.”

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People Are Divided Over This Invention

The company plans to start manufacturing within months and had already submitted a patent. It said it would likely sell at a 3 to 10 shekel ( ₹65 to ₹216) premium above the price of the simple pale blue medical masks many Israelis wear. However, people are divided about this new invention. A 32-year-old graduate stated to Reuters, “I think this mask, that enables me to eat while I’m still wearing it, is a must-have.”

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Ron Silberstein, a 29-year-old musician, said: “I don’t think this mask could hold this kind of ice cream – it’s dripping all over. I wouldn’t want to wear it afterwards.” Israel has largely reopened its economy after a dramatic drop in cases of the novel coronavirus. Restaurants are open only for takeout for the time being. But whether this face mask designed for eating out would work or not, only time can tell. Did you know A Scuba Diving Group Is Recycling Ocean Plastics Into Face Masks?


  • Content, Coffee and Cats these are a few of Sanjana's favourite things. Born in Baroda, brought up in Kuwait, settled in Bangalore, travel and food is her blood, bread and butter. When she isn't brewing delicious, wanderlust content, she's busy planning the smatter of restaurants she'd visit over the weekend.