Tuesday, December 16, 2008

organic resourcing

The idea was to start with a [Toyota] 4Runner, and take away all the parts that weren’t an incubator.

Timothy Prestero, founder and chief executive of Design That Matters, in Looking Under the Hood and Seeing an Incubator in this morning's New York Times.

In an act of "organic resourcing" Dr. Rosen and Design That Matters have created an infant incubator that relies on auto parts -- parts that are readily available in countries where incubator parts -- and the expertise that accompanies their repair -- are not.

"The heat source is a pair of headlights. A car door alarm signals emergencies. An auto air filter and fan provide climate control."

Human resources are an important part of the equation: “The future medical technologists in the developing world,” Dr. Malkin said, “are the current car mechanics, HVAC repairmen, bicycle shop repairmen. There is no other good source of technology-savvy individuals to take up the future of medical device repair and maintenance.”


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anniemcq said...

Love this. Recycling at it's most important.

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