Right now the world needs a lot of effort, but almost nothing is more important than having excellent brains putting the hats together to solve big problems. Dyson has made a big step in helping the fight of coronavirus by build devices like ventilators.
There are quite a few individuals and companies stepping up in different ways. For example, Apple supported millions of masks for health workers, Tesla CEO Elon Musk ordered 1,000 ventilators from China to bring back to Los Angeles to help prevent epidemics, and Ford’s efforts to work together with rivals like General Motors to speed up the production of medical ventilators.
Designing a complex life-support device itself takes a lot of time, so Dyson has developed a ventilator that can be mounted to a hospital bed, runs on rechargeable batteries and can be used in filed hospitals built for COVID-19 prevention is such an impressive effort. Perhaps even more impressive has been the 10-day design of Dyson’s ventilators, what most companies (and the government) said would take weeks, if not months. The company said the British government has now placed orders for 10,000 units.
In a letter to his employees, inventor James Dyson said the company’s goal was “to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The Covent. This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently, and at volume. It is designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients, and it is suited to a variety of clinical settings.”
Working with The Technology Partnership, Dyson is seeking to produce a large number of devices it has designed, once the product is licensed by the British government. They also plan to support 5,000 Covent machines in other countries. Those ventilators will come in handy in places that are quickly running out of beds. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this is a life and death effort, as hospitals have become crowded with Covid-19 patients.