In the spring, when we weren't sure if the pandemic would last or not, we naively asked "How long until facemasks go designey?" and showed you some contenders.
Little did we know the year would bring an avalanche of new facemask designs. Here are the standouts--the good, the bad and the ugly.
A Facemask With Hinged "Mouth" So That You Can Eat While Wearing It
The Nuo 3D Mask: 3D-Printed, Custom-Fit to Your Face, Washable, Reusable, N95-Compliant
Glass Face Masks With Better-Than-N95 Filtration!
Design Duo Creates Transparent Face Masks Grown from Bio-Based Materials
A Smart Face Mask With Built-In Amplifier, Speech Translator and Bluetooth Connectivity
A Female-Led Company's Zipper-Mouthed Face Mask Design
Hide-a-Mask: On-Demand Face Mask That Pops Out of a Baseball Ca
The iSphere: Plastique Fantastique's Clear Dome as Face Mask Alternative
A Transparent Face Mask That Attaches to Your Eyeglasses
Not quite a mask, but still: Pandemic Wish Fulfillment, Engineer Invents Gun That Shoots Masks Onto People's Faces
Transparent, Reusable, Easy-to-Clean Face Mask: The BUBL
The Latest Head Bubble Alternative to Face Masks
Good Design: A Review of the Apple Face Mask
A Ridiculous Auto-Retracting Face Mask Concept
The Santa Beard Face Mask
We still have time to screw vaccine distribution up, so there's a good chance we'll see more of these in 2021.
In my prior comment, I mentioned the use of a diaphragm to transmit the sound of speech through the mask without the need to resort to battery powered speakers and microphones. See this video of a DIY mask that does this: https://youtu.be/udzYUsiYH0k
What bugs me about the use of powered solutions that use microphones and speakers to enable the user to speak clearly is that this is such a high tech solution when a low tech solution is being overlooked. If you leave an area where you stretch a tight diaphragm, the diaphragm will transmit the sound of the speaker right through. No consumable batteries nor extra cost from speakers are needed.
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