This Special Gun Launches a Mask Right at Your Face

Inventor Allen Pan created an airbag for the face hoping to inspire more people to wear masks.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Masks are one of the most effective ways to combat the spread of the coronavirus, yet many people resist wearing them. Whether it's because they are uncomfortable or just rebellious, not wearing masks actually poses a danger to the rest of society.


Frustrated with this situation, inventor Allen Pan decided to create a product that would definitely attract attention and make a point about the importance of wearing masks. What might that product be? A mask launcher.

"It feels like people just aren't wearing masks," said Pan in his video. "And they should be! (...) So what are we going to do about it? What am I going to do about it? Well, I could make a fun educational video about how safe and effective masks are like a flamethrower on the mouth and a mask. No! No! There are so many smart people that have made good videos. If that worked, it would have worked by now."

So Pan decided to go with a crazy quirky invention that can't be ignored. This invention is like a gun for the face. It fires a mask toward the face resulting in the mask being put in place.

Pan first trailed his mask on several dummies. Well, because the mask may be dangerous as it is launched at a sudden high speed. He then proceedsnm n to try it on himself. He was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked!

The mask launcher is made of a pneumatic system that is powered by a compact CO2 canister hooked up to a solenoid fired by the trigger. It also features a special mask with weight magnets at the end of the mask's strings. The device flings the mask towards the face of the target and the weight magnets hopefully wrap around the back of the neck by sticking together.