The conceptual 'Robust Nest' has been designed by Fabien Roy in collaboration with the Essential Tech Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as a newborn incubator for sub-Saharan countries. The system would maintain a compact design that is feature-rich and cost-effective, which would allow it to be easily transported and battery powered to handle power outages. The thermal battery within would keep the baby warm at all times and would combat against the 1.1-million newborns that succumb to hypothermia in the first month of life in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNICEF.
The conceptual 'Robust Nest' was designed by Roy with insight from Kenya-based specialists to help address some of the main issues regarding what is required by healthcare professionals to provide optimal care.
The Conceptual 'Robust Nest' is for Sub-Saharan Countries
1. Compact Incubators - The compact design of 'Robust Nest' incubators presents an opportunity for startups to design and produce low-cost, easily transportable incubator units for emerging markets.
2. Battery-powered Medical Devices - The battery-powered feature of the 'Robust Nest' incubator highlights an opportunity to build innovative medical devices that can operate on battery power, particularly in areas where power outages are frequent.
3. Affordable Healthcare Solutions - The development of affordable healthcare solutions such as 'Robust Nest' incubators could inspire startups to innovate and create solutions for more accessible and affordable healthcare across emerging markets.
1. Medical Device Manufacturing - Manufacturers in the medical device industry could develop innovative, affordable, and easily transportable incubators like the 'Robust Nest' to cater to the demand for such devices in emerging markets.
2. Clean Energy - Companies that specialize in clean energy production could venture into the battery industry to develop more cost-effective, efficient, and long-lasting battery technologies to power critical medical devices like the 'Robust Nest.'
3. Social Entrepreneurship - Social entrepreneurs and nonprofits could innovate with affordable healthcare and life-saving technologies like the 'Robust Nest' by reinventing value chains, creating new financing models, and building public-private partnerships to address the needs of low-income communities.