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.
This Low-Cost Centrifuge Attaches to a Bike Wheel to Separate Liquids
1. Low-cost Centrifuge - The development of low-cost centrifuge technologies presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the healthcare and laboratory industries.
2. Multitasking Lab Equipment - The concept of integrating lab equipment with daily activities, like cycling, opens up possibilities for disruptive innovation in the healthcare and research sectors.
3. Alternative Centrifuge Designs - Exploring alternative designs for centrifuges, such as attaching them to bicycle wheels, can lead to disruptive innovation in the medical and scientific fields.
1. Healthcare - The low-cost centrifuge concept has the potential to disrupt conventional laboratory processes in the healthcare industry, making diagnostics more accessible and affordable.
2. Laboratory - Incorporating multitasking lab equipment, such as the SpokeFuge, into laboratories can enable more efficient workflows and increase productivity.
3. Research - Alternative centrifuge designs, like the SpokeFuge, have the potential to revolutionize sample preparation and data collection processes in research settings.