The Cheap Incubator is a Solution to Preventable Child Deaths

By: Alyson Wyers - Nov 7, 2014
References: momincubators & fastcodesign
This cheap incubator is the winner of the 2014 James Dyson Award. The MOM inflatable incubator in an inexpensive invention that is electronically controlled and intended to reduce the amount of premature child deaths in refugee camps. Designed by English innovator James Roberts, the MOM costs only $400 compared to the standard $40,000.

The cheap incubator was created with premature babies in the developing world in mind. According to the MOM site, approximately 150,000 children are born every year in refugee camps and 27,500 out of this number die because of a lack of access to proper neonatal care and sufficient incubation. This cost-effective solution could save thousands of lives every year.

As a prize winner, Roberts has $45,000 to put towards this project with hopes of having the incubator ready for distribution by 2017.