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Say Hello to the 'Pac-Man Mask'

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Posted: May 19, 2020 12:15 PM
Say Hello to the 'Pac-Man Mask'

Source: AP Photo/Steve Helber

Worried about dining out and having to wear a mask? Fear not. A group of Israeli inventors have developed what they believe is the perfect solution: The Pac-Man mask. Okay, that's not the technical term, but it looks like one of those video game critters.

The team behind the mask explained that it comes with a remote control mouth diners can open and close with a lever.

"The mask will be opened mechanically by hand remote or automatically when the fork is coming to the mask," said Asaf Gitelis, vice president of Avtipus Patents and Inventions. "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."

In case you wanted a visual...

Yes, it looks odd as heck. While some welcomed the innovation, other skeptical diners wondered how the mask could handle certain messy foods.

"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 afterward," reasoned 29-year-old Ron Silberstein.

"Just put that thing down when you eat. This is disgusting," said one Twitter user.

"The whole point of wearing a mask is to cover your mouth," another social media user reasoned.

As the number of coronavirus cases across the U.S. continue to decline and restaurants prepare to reopen, they are planning on redecorating a bit. Several facilities plan to put more space in between tables and install Plexiglass dividers at tables to separate diners. At his meeting with restaurant industry leaders on Monday, President Trump asked his guests if they could see Plexiglass becoming "permanent." He was relieved when the restaurateurs said it should only be temporary until the virus is contained.