Baby Incubators from Old Car Parts

An improbable but extremely interesting and valuable innovation for emerging markets where medical supplies are hard to come by but Toyota 4Runners are plentiful:

The heat source is a pair of headlights. A car door alarm signals emergencies. An auto air filter and fan provide climate control.

But this contraption has nothing to do with transportation. It is a sturdy, low-cost incubator, designed to keep vulnerable newborns warm during the first fragile days of life.

Unlike the notoriously high-maintenance incubators found in neonatal intensive care units in the United States, it is easily repaired, because all of its operational parts come from cars.

And while incubators can cost $40,000 or more, this one can be built for less than $1,000.

And it tackles the main problem that has plagued all those donated incubators over the years: it works, is reliable, and can be repaired locally with local parts.

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