Blow-Up Incubator Could Save Babies’ Lives in the Developing World
A young inventor has designed an inflatable incubator for babies born prematurely
A young inventor has designed an inexpensive and electronically-controlled inflatable incubator, with the hope that it will reduce the number of premature child deaths in refugee camps. The MOM Incubator is much more affordable than current incubation systems, while still meeting British incubation standards by offering a stable heat environment and humidification.
The prototype has been selected as the international winner of this year’s James Dyson Award. The incubator was invented by Loughborough University graduate James Roberts, who was inspired by a BBC documentary. He learned that an estimated 150,000 child births occur within refugee camps every year, and of these child births, 27,500 will die due to lack of sufficient incubation.