Here’s a TM solution to the scarcity of $40,000 incubators in poor nations: build one from car parts. Utilizing the vehicle’s air filter, fan, headlights (for heat), door alarm, and more, a group of scientists at the Global Health Initiative commissioned this model for less than $1,000 — and say a similar low-buck solution could save thousands of lives each year.
Why car parts? The scientists note that they often visit places where incubators are rare but there always seems to be functioning motor transportation — in many cases a Toyota 4Runner. So they contacted nonprofit firm Design That Matters to design the product from just the Toyota parts. The kicker: they believe that the less-complicated junkyard incubators are more likely to survive the rigors of spotty third-world power and maintenance than high-buck models.
They’ve assembled car-part plans for other medical equipment, too, including pumps and a surgical aspirator.
Car Parts Incubator [bookofjoe]