Inflatable incubator wins Dyson Award

Posted on 01/03/2015 by IED

A low-cost inflatable incubator – designed for use in the developing world – has won the 2014 James Dyson Award.

Created by design engineer James Roberts, pictured, MOM can be collapsed for transportation and runs off a battery which lasts 24 hours, in case of power outages.

The whole thing costs just £250 to make and is designed to provide the same performance as a £30,000 modern incubation system. MOM is blown up manually and heated using ceramic heating elements.

Sir James Dyson said: "James' invention shows the impact design engineering can have on people's lives. The western world takes incubators for granted – we don't think about how their inefficient design makes them unusable in developing countries and disaster zones."

James, 23, a recent graduate from Loughborough University, will now receive £30,000 for further prototyping and testing, with a view to seeing MOM mass produced. Loughborough University will also receive £10,000.

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