An Israeli company called Avtipus Patents and Inventions has, well, invented and patented a facemask with a hinged mouth. It's designed for people who want to go to restaurants during the pandemic.
The idea is that you hold onto a clamp that actuates the hinge, leaving just one hand free for a utensil.
I…don't even know where to begin with this. Perhaps you should just look at it in action in this video, and draw your own conclusions:
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My view on this mask is that it will not serve the purpose of protection. While eating, you will only have one hand free to do so as the other will be operating the bracket which allows the mask to open and close. Resulting in you not being able to eat all food types. You are unable to use both a fork and knife at the same time to hold and cut food pieces smaller. Eating foods like ice-creams, spaghetti and burgers could be messy and leave you spilling on the mask. Keeping the mask clean will be more difficult than the usual cloth mask because the plastic parts at the opening must be well cleaned to remove the possibility of any food left behind in this area.
Completely defeats the point of wearing a mask !!!
If the mask is expected to protect the user, then you must assume the external face is effectively covered in (potentially) harmful droplets. For a mask to effectively protect it's wearer, you have to take great care not to transfer contaminants from the outside of the mask to their face. This is why medical professionals are trained in how to safely fit and remove the mask, and dispose of them very regularly.
As you can see in the video, its very difficult to operate anyway, and virtually impossible to do so without the food or fork touching the mask or mechanism, therefore providing the ideal route for contaminants to go straight in!
And even if you assume that its function is only to protect others by reducing the projection of droplets, the mechanism doesn't close properly, so if you were to sneeze, I doubt it would do much to reduce the spread !
I think a simple perspex visor would be as if not more effective, a lot easier to use and would cost a fraction of the price! Oh and it would still work with an ice-cream !!!
They should add a power supply & electronic actuator with a presence sensor...eliminate the remote. Don't cough while you're putting food in your mouth!