USB Mask keeps you cool while waging germ warfare

One thing most Westerners still find it hard to get used to when visiting Japan is the widespread use of surgical masks by pedestrians. Whether chasing away a cold or avoiding spring hay fever, Japanese citizens think nothing of accessorizing their Prada and Gucci with a large white facemask that would make most Americans think "bio attack" rather than convenient nasal remedy. The latest innovation to emerge in this category is Thanko's USB Mask, a contraption fitted with tiny fans designed to keep your nose and mouth cool while you hide your face from nasty germs. Assuming you don't mind looking like you've plugged your brain into your computer, you can pick your USB Mask for just 2,480 yen ($24) here.

Via Thanko