This Low-Cost Centrifuge Attaches to a Bike Wheel to Separate Liquids

By: Alyson Wyers - Oct 23, 2014
References: jamesdysonaward.org & fastcoexist
This low-cost centrifuge allows lab technicians to multitask. Designed by University of Birmingham student Jack Trew, the SpokeFuge is an alternative centrifuge design that attaches to a bicycle wheel. This means health workers can cycle to their patient or run an errand while separating blood samples at the same time.

The low-cost centrifuge consists of seven parts that together attach to almost any bike wheel. Meanwhile, a "swinging arm" spins on a ball-bearing inside of the device. This invention may not work with one sample, but is perfect for balancing many test tubes and getting even more lab work done. The process takes 10 minutes of cycling to complete.

This project is one of 20 contenders for the 2014 Dyson Awards.