Ford Motor Company has received patent-pending approval for a new, clear respirator mask, CNN reports.
The company announced it expects the mask to work just as well as an N95.
“One of the things that’s missing during the pandemic is the power of a smile,” said Jim Baumbick, a vice president at Ford, in a statement. “This clear respirator promises to improve interactions between neighbors, at the store and for those who have hearing impairments.
For the hearing-impaired, face masks both hide the lips and muffle the speaker’s voice. Ford claims the transparent respirators will allow for better communication.