Is the Remote-Controlled Mask the Metal Straw of the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Every environmental panic produces a flurry of gimmicky products meant to combat the problem while allowing people to continue living their normal lives with minimal disruption. Plastic pollution gave us the metal straw. Climate change birthed the Toyota Prius.
In the age of COVID-19, that gimmick might just be the remote-controlled mask. On Tuesday, Reuters released a truly disturbing video of Israeli entrepreneur Asaf Gitelis showing off his latest invention.
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 19, 2020
“The mask will be opened mechanically by hand remote or automatically when the fork is coming to the mask,” Gitelis told Reuters. “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.”
Reusable straws and hybrid cars both offered, at best, dubious environmental benefits for the problems they were intended to solve. The emissions reductions stemming from hybrid cars’ improved fuel economy are largely offset by the extra energy required to produce t
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