The Embrace Infant Warmer Acts As A Cheap Incubator For Developing Countries

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In developing countries, low birth weight babies don't always have the luxury of an incubator to help them. Hopefully this $25 Embrace Infant Warmer can become a viable alternative, it was successfully tested on its first baby a week ago.

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Illustration for article titled The Embrace Infant Warmer Acts As A Cheap Incubator For Developing Countries


The idea behind the Embrace is rather simple. A heating pouch is slipped into the sleeping bag and a basic thermometer reads temperature. It was used on Nisha, the baby above:

Nisha, a 2.3kg, rosy-cheeked baby girl, was placed into the Warmer. Luckily, any tense feelings diffused once she was put into the device. Nisha was initially experiencing cold stress, but was safely brought to normal body temperature after being put into the warmer! Also, our device successfully maintained its temperature of 35°C – 38°C for the full four-hour duration.

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More testing is still needed but it looks like the Embrace could nurse a lot of babies to full health. [Embrace via Fast Company]

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As a new dad who just had a 3 lbs preemie, this is "relevant to my interests". Everyday I thanked God that I lived in the US and had good insurance. (Best case scenario.) We spent a month in the NICU, and he was in an incubator for much of that time.

I love this application of technology- It brings the best that tech can do to everyone, regardless of race, creed, etc. Hopefully we can ship these all of the world and help save some lives.