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.