Face-mask Convertible Bra
Elena Bodnar won the Ig Nobel in public health for designing a lacy bra that can be converted into a pair of emergency HEPA-filter gas masks.
“It only takes 25 seconds for any woman to use,” she joked. “Five seconds to convert and wear her own mask, and 20 seconds to wonder who the lucky man is to wear the second mask.”
The bra’s patent:
A garment device convertible to one or more facemasks wherein the garment device has a plurality of detachable cup sections. Each of the cup sections has a filter device, an inner portion positionable adjacent to the inner area of the user’s chest, and an outer portion positionable adjacent to the outer area of the user’s chest. The garment device has at least one securing device detachably coupling the inner portions of the cup sections to one another, and the garment device has at least one other securing device attached to the outer portion of at least one of the cup sections. This other securing device is operable to: (a) detachably couple the outer portions of the cup regions to one another; and (b) for each one of the cup sections, attach the outer portion of said cup region to the inner portion of said cup region after said cup region is detached from the other cup region, thereby converting the garment device to a plurality of facemasks.