Surgical mask with your face printed protects against ‘viral epidemics’ and claims to unlock your phone
While the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, a startup silences the fears of people with a unique surgical mask imprinted with the lower part of the wearer’s face.
Not only does the bizarre mask protect against ‘viral epidemics’, but the maker claims it will unlock your phone.
The design, made by ‘Resting Risk Face’, is the brainchild of the San Francisco-based artist Danielle Baskin who started the concept as a joke.
It has since become viral with the website receiving more than 30,000 visitors and the waiting list has risen to around 1,200 pre-orders.
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While the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, one startup is silvering the health crisis with a unique surgical mask printed to look like the lower part of the wearer’s face
“Made this service that prints your face on an N95 mask so you can protect people from viral epidemics while still unlocking your phone,” Baskin shared in the post on her twitter page.
Although the face mask was revealed at a time when a virus was sweeping all over the world, Baskin said she has no plans to make her new masks “during the global shortage of surgical masks.”
For now, “there is a waiting list and no launch date,” she explains.
Unlike protecting yourself from a viral epidemic, Baskin says the face mask can be used for other reasons, including “anti-surveillance (if you use a different face at the front), it adds quirkiness to the sterility of hospitals, if you are sick, you are more likely to wear a mask if it looks cool. “
Not only does the bizarre mask protect you from ‘viral epidemics’, but the creator claims it will unlock your phone without removing the mask
Unlike protecting yourself from a viral epidemic, Baskin says the face mask can be used for other reasons, including “anti-surveillance,” which makes hospital sterility fun, and if you’re sick, you’re more likely to get a mask like it looks cool ‘
Other Twitter users are skeptical about the masks, especially someone who asked about privacy issues.
“What if someone steals your photo and uses this technology for bad things,” a user has put “Shredder” in the thread.
“Have you thought about it carefully?”
The design, made by ‘Resting Risk Face’, is the brainchild of Danielle Baskin (photo) artist based in San Francisco who started the concept as a joke
But another user responded quickly: “That would require the top half of their face to be identical to yours.”
“If your evil twins have stolen your phone, theft is probably not your biggest problem.”
Although Baskin has put on the mask because it can unlock a smartphone using face recognition, she also said in the thread that this is not possible at the moment, but she is testing the possibilities.
“The mask clearly couldn’t pass like you, because facial recognition software maps depth,” she said. ‘I think it’s possible that a unique face can be registered with the mask on. Some software uses images instead of depth. I test on many devices. “
Up-to-date smartphones are designed with high-tech face recognition systems, but older Android phones only used 2D face images – the kind of technology that can be misled with just one photo.
Other Twitter users are skeptical about the masks, especially someone who asked about privacy issues. “What if someone steals your photo and uses this technology for bad things,” a user has put “Shredder” in the thread. “Have you thought about it properly”
But another user responded quickly: “That would require the top half of their face to be identical to yours.” “If your malicious twins have stolen your phone, theft is probably not your biggest problem”
According to the New York Post the mask with a printed lower part of your face may be enough to unlock the older handsets.
HOW HAS CORONAVIRUS OF CHINA SPREAD THE TIME?
The vast majority of the confirmed infections of the Wuhan coronavirus have been diagnosed in China.
But more than 25 countries or areas outside the mainland have also declared infections:
- I ran: February 19
- Egypt: February 14th
- Belgium: February 4
- Diamond Princess cruise ship: February 1
- Spain: January 31st
- Sweden: January 31st
- Russia: January 31st
- UK: January 31st
- India: January 30
- Philippines: January 30
- Italy: January 30
- Finland: January 29
- United Arab Emirates: January 29
- Germany: January 27
- Sri Lanka: January 27
- Cambodia: January 27
- Canada: January 25
- Australia: January 25
- Malaysia: January 25
- France: January 24
- Nepal: January 24
- Vietnam: January 24
- Singapore: January 23
- Macau: January 22
- Hong Kong: January 22
- Taiwan: 21st of January
- United States: January 20
- south Korea: January 20
- Japan: January 16
- Thailand: January 13
However, Apple has been using 3D face unlocking for many years – the system makes a complete 3D map of your face.
And although Apple’s technology can adapt to users who wear hats or some sort of headgear, it might not fall under a mask at the bottom of your pace.
The only way the mask can unlock your iPhone is by adding an image of yourself as a second face.
Although the mask can cause some laughter in the viral epidemic, it has killed more than 2,000 people worldwide.
It has also led to a sharp increase in sales of face masks, so Baskin said she will not be producing hair at this time.
However, experts have raised doubts about the effectiveness of wearing a mask.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best precautions against the virus are often to wash your hands, try not to touch your face, and avoid close contact with sick people.
Professor Stanley Perlman of the University of Iowa said: “Wearing a mask can prevent a person from touching his mouth and nose directly, which is a common way in which viruses and germs enter the body, but what we learn is that not so good. “
There is a growing concern about a shortage of masks in China.
“As far as I’ve heard, the mask shortage is much more serious than what the public knows,” said Cao Jun, general manager of Chinese mask manufacturer Lanhine.
“Almost all hospital staff throughout the country face a huge deficit, not just in Wuhan.”
Meanwhile, a pharmacy at the University of Edinburgh sold more than a year of masks on one day when Chinese students started to panic.
Leading airlines say they provide protective equipment to cabin crew and passengers who request it.