Incubators Made from Salvaged Car Parts

The NeoNature infant incubator by the firm Design That Matters isn't so much a particular design, but an approach to building incubators. The focus is on how to use certain parts from many different cars to consistently build usable incubators:

The greatest design challenge for the group has been resisting standardization. “As soon as you say, ‘You can only use a 4Runner’s headlight,’ the value goes out the window,” Mr. Prestero said. This problem might ultimately determine what aspects of NeoNurture’s approach will translate to mass production.

“Dashboard fans for circulation, signal lights and door chimes for alarms, the battery — those pieces aren’t so difficult to source locally,” Mr. Prestero continued. “A headlight filament might use a different gas, though, and that’s when it gets complicated.”

Whatever form a production version takes, NeoNurture has already posed a compelling — and empowering — argument. “I don’t know where you get a replacement incubator filter in a remote Nepalese village,” Mr. Prestero said, “but you likely can find someone there who can replace a car’s air filter. That’s where this idea really has virtue.”

Link via Gizmodo | Photo: Design That Matters

Previously: Backpack Neonatal Incubator

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