THE creator of a protective face mask which can be printed with your face and used to unlock your phone says the product will go on sale this year.

News of the unusual product went viral after its creators boasted the mask could be used with Apple's Face ID to access your device. 

Some have questioned whether the concept is for real, or simply a satirical joke. 


But Danielle Baskin, the brains behind, said even though the idea started as a joke, she has been inundated with enquiries and will now start to sell the masks. 

She said: "It started as satire, but I'm leaning more and more towards yes.

"Perhaps I'll start pre-selling them this week. I'm getting so many emails from people around the world who want them.

"I'd likely offer other interesting N95 designs besides realistic faces."

The entrepreneur, who also created phone call app, says the demand for face masks during the coronavirus outbreak means she won't be able to start making the masks until later in the year. 

She added: "Supplies are very limited so I likely won't be able to start manufacturing masks until later this spring."

How does it work? 

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First, you upload a picture of your face using an app.

Then, once you’ve tweaked it, the company claims it will print the image onto a mask  before sending it out.

Here’s the explanation: “After uploading your face, we use computational mapping to convert your facial features into an image printed onto the surface of N95 surgical masks without distortion.

“Our printer uses inks made of natural dyes. It's non-toxic and doesn't affect breathability.

“You can use your mask for everyday life as a barrier for airborne particle droplets.”

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Can I get one?

They are not yet on sale, but you can register your interest on the website