Experts from London’s Imperial College have publicized the design of emergency ventilators—which, they say, can perform the tasks required of ICU ventilators used to treat COVID-19 patients. 

The device, pending regulatory approval, is estimated to cost $1,900 in parts, and has demonstrated its capabilities with a laboratory prototype. These are no ordinary hackers, of course; they are the ethical kind, aiming to create a breakthrough medical device, at low cost.

The multidisciplinary team was brought together by intensive care anesthesiologist Dr. Jakob Mathiszig-Lee, who is currently treating coronavirus patients in ICU. The ventilator has been prototyped and prepared for large-scale industrial manufacture, as a frugal engineering project, within just four weeks.

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