Invention Factory at Cooper Union, Summer 2016
I worked with a partner to invent and prototype a solution to a current problem in six weeks. My partner and I researched the problem of growing premature infant deaths due to hypothermia in third world nations. We developed a low-cost, passive incubator designed to warm a baby using the mother’s body heat. We designed a carrier and blanket that protect the baby from the external climate, and insulate the mother’s heat to ensure the baby’s temperature is consistent. Our invention, BabyShell, is inspired from current skin-to-skin care treatments and strove to make improvements to currently existing passive incubators. The video explains the project in further detail.