21 August 2009

$25 incubator

Students in the 'Extreme Affordability' class at Stanford's d.school have developed (and are now marketing) a $25 alternative to a $20k incubator, for use in rural communities in the developing world. Their first step was to travel to Nepal to understand the community they were designing for. This helped them see how the need lay a long way from hospital provision and so they re-framed their task to 'finding a method for keeping babies warm' rather than designing a low-cost incubator. The resulting sleeping bag is warmed by units that are heated by boiling water, then, slotted into a pouch in the bag, hold their heat for several hours. Design at its warmest and cuddliest.

[via Boing Boing, image from FORA.tv]

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