Beyond the comfort issues, one of the reasons people don’t like wearing masks is that it covers their face. Engineers from EPFL’s EssentialTech Center and Empa have developed a mask that both acts as a filter and is transparent. The trick is the weave, made from incredibly thin nanofibers, woven together using electrospinning.
THE BEST Masks
Until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19, it’s critical that we wear our masks when we’re around other people. Everyday Carry rounded up a dozen fabric masks created by gear makers, each representing a substantial upgrade over those paper surgical masks, and many contributing to relief efforts as part of your purchase.
There’s a legend that says China’s Jade Emperor asked the animals of the zodiac to race across the country to decide their order. Filmmaker Law Chen created a bold, modern interpretation of this story in a Chinese New Year campaign for ICBC, but subsequently released it as a reminder to wear masks to protect our safety.
(PG-13: Language) While they’re not the most fashionable things, face masks are a must in public places these days. Ordinary Things dives into the origins of face coverings, from the earliest ceremonial masks, to costumes, to their use as protective gear. Can you imagine walking around in those plague doctor masks?
Oura’s premium face mask is designed to offer a higher level of protection than cheap ones. It’s made with self-sterilizing antimicrobial fabric, and has been lab tested to provide surgical mask level filtration. It also has a small pouch where an N95 filter can be placed for added protection. Also available in kid’s sizes.
Celebrate Halloween this year dressed as Adam and Barbara Maitland from Tim Burton’s classic Beetlejuice. The duo of hilariously creepy masks is based on the scene where they’re practicing how to scare the Deetz’s out of their house. Finish the look with a pair of eyeball gloves.
“The class is Pain 101. Your instructor is Casey Jones.” NECA is releasing a life-size replica of the mask used by actor Elias Koteas when he played Casey Jones in the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. It’s made of ABS plastic and has adjustable straps.
For those of us who ever wanted to have a new face (Arya Stark, we know you’re just asking for a friend), we just found out you can and not for cheap either, thanks to the folks at GBS. Meet self-described “weird mad scientist” Landon Meier and his disturbingly realistic masks.
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