An Israeli company went public with a curious invention this week: a mask with a face opening that allows you to eat without removing it. The mask is one potential solution to the ongoing debate over how to safely dine at a restaurant in a post-pandemic world — but it has some pitfalls.
According to Reuters, the mask is operated by remote control. Simply squeeze a lever and the mask’s mouth opens, allowing the wearer to pass food through the opening. This mechanical opening and closing motion in an effort to consume nutrients has earned the invention a cute nickname: The Pac Man mask.