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Engineer developed ventilator powered by Raspberry Pi and Arduino

Shared by Ana Ribeiro on 2020-05-04 10:53

About the solution

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many countries around the world were experiencing a lack of ventilators necessary to treat patients. Aware of this situation, Marco Mascorro decided to use his engineering expertise and build a simple, low-cost, Pandemic Ventilator. "I am a true believer that technology can solve a lot of the problems we have right now, specifically in this pandemic" he said.

The device is made up of easy to find components, including parts that are common in cars or can be bought at construction supply stores. The ventilator is controlled by a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and an Arduino microcontroller, allowing for the regulation of air flow and pressure.

After sharing the designs and computer code online, a team of investigators in Colombia decided to put the ventilator to the test to determine whether it can be approved to treat patients. The team is made up of investigator from two Institutions in Bogota, the University Hospital of the Pontifical Xavierian University and Los Andes University.

The team will put the device through 3 sets of tests, starting with a five-day non-stop trial on a set of artificial lungs, then going through testing on animal models and, finally, if successful, undergoing human trials.

Adapted from: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52251286

More information: https://github.com/Mascobot/pandemic-ventilator-2.0


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About the author

Marco Mascorro, from the USA, is an engineer who used to work at the BMW Reasearch department and is the founder of a machine learning startup called Fellow AI. Knowing about the lack of ventilators in Colombia, necessary to treat patients with Covid-19, he developed a low cost ventilator.

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