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Where’s 0R10N?: Local Man Finds Following in the Midst of Pandemic


The Covid-19 pandemic has given people time to remodel homes, learn new cooking techniques, and to build a filtered TV mask. Yes, that’s correct. A working, and filtered mask from the shell of a vintage ORION television set (not a flat screen).

Adam Spain of Mansfield, an avid gamer took quick note that the conventional face mask that is now required to enter certain places of business wouldn’t work for his situation. His beard inhibited the face mask to work as designed.

Spain had an idea to make a mask that met his needs, and paralleled his sense of humor. This idea has grown into somewhat of a cult following in and around Sebastian County and now, more specifically, online.

The end product stemmed from a childhood memory of an anime character who had a TV screen head. Spain went to work removing the guts from the TV leaving a shell. He then replaced the glass with tinted plexiglass.

Once done, fogging and humidity was an issue. Spain added a CPU fan powered by a USB battery source with a Filtrete 1500 filter modified to fit, and plenty of foam for comfort. Sounds easy, right?

After many small revisions, Spain’s creation was a working face mask that serves a real purpose, as well as a novelty to give people a smile.

Public response? Spain admitted that he was somewhat worried at first, but people have responded well and have taken to social media posting selfies and following the popular #Wheres0R10N hashtag.

“I figure if everyone is required to wear a mask, I might as well have fun with it”

Detailed video of the build
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