Paperfuge is a new piece of medical equipment that looks drastically different from the typical tools one might find in a hospital or doctor's office -- even though it provides just as much functionality. That's because Paperfuge, a new medical tool developed by researchers from Stanford University, costs about 20 cents per unit, while comparable equipment in hospitals can costs thousands of dollars.
As its name suggests, Paperfuge functions as a centrifuge, which is a tool used for separating various diseases and parasites from blood samples through centrifugal force. With centrifuges, doctors can effectively diagnose many different illnesses. However, centrifuges in hospitals cost far too much to be feasible for healthcare facilities in developing nations. Paperfuges, on the other hand, are specifically designed to be affordable.