USB Pollen Mask Makes Me Think Allergies Are Maybe Not So Bad Beth Snyder February 1, 2014 Extras It’s been a while since we’ve looked at something from the “things that make me shake my head” files, but this one I simply could not pass up. Thanko, as I’m sure you well know, has a series of amazingly silly, yet sort of practical, but ultimately wholly ridiculous products. This one falls neatly in line with their usual suspects. It kind of looks like a hazmat hood, doesn’t it? In a way, it kind of is. It’s a plastic hat with an attached plastic hood that drapes your entire head to protect you from evil pollen. Trust me, I’m not making fun of allergy sufferers…I am one of you. But this thing is utterly ludicrous. In an effort to keep pollen away from you, you’re supposed to stick your head in what is essentially a giant shopping bag, albeit one with a clear pane in front so you can still have a (limited) field of vision. The USB part comes in at the top of the helmet, where you’ll find a small vent with a filter to trap airborne allergens before they can attack your nasal passages. The vent is powered by USB, to suck fresh air into your plastic chamber of absurdity. I can’t seem to find out exactly how long the cord is, so I can’t tell how far away from a USB power source you can get before you run out of leash, but I can’t imagine it being more than a few feet. Basically, if you wanted to do anything other than sit at your desk and breathe, you’re out of luck. Because while I’m sure this would also come in handy in something like the car, the part where it covers your entire head in solid plastic other than a small window means it certainly would not be safe to use it there. Peripheral vision is your friend. If you want one of these, and bless your heart if you do, it’ll cost you $39.00 US. Source: Everything USB Share This With The World!