British media say Israeli researchers have developed a mask that can use the electricity provided by mobile phone chargers to clean themselves. The mask, developed by researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, uses a built-in carbon fiber layer to kill pathogens, such as new coronaviruses that may accumulate on masks, the Daily Telegraph reported on May 23.
Original title: Media: Israel has developed a new mask that can be powered by a mobile phone charger
The carbon fiber layer is heated by an electric current that can be supplied by a normal smartphone charging cable, the report said.
Researchers have filed patent applications for the device in the United States and hope to put it on the market for about $1.
A spokesman for the Israel Institute of Technology did not respond when asked whether the mask would be available in the UK and Europe in the future.
Standard post-use,-throw masks are designed to be discarded after wearing for a period of time or after moisture.
The development of new reusable masks can help reduce the environmental impact of the dramatic increase in the use of disposable masks during outbreaks.
Gary Stokes, head of the Asia-Maritime Conservation Organisation, warned that discarded masks would cause “a lot” of marine pollution.
Earlier, Israel’s Avtips Patent and Invention Company released another prototype mask, the front of which can be opened and closed remotely, allowing people to eat in a restaurant without having to remove the mask.
Assaf Gitlis, one of the inventors of the new mask, says people can use a joystick to open the front of the mask to eat or drink.
Government guidelines encourage people to wear masks in enclosed spaces where it is impossible to keep their social distance.
“This (wearing a mask) is the most important (measure) when making a short stay indoors in crowded areas, such as on public transport or in certain shops,” the government said. “