Incubaby Neonatal Incubator

Rice University

Incubaby is a low-cost incubator for hypothermic infants that can be flat-packed and is made using simple materials that reduce the cost and shipping.

Product description Brand name and product description

Incubaby is a low-cost solution to the condition of hypothermia in infants developed by a team of engineering students at Rice University. Hypothermia, a dangerous condition in which the baby’s temperature falls below 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 degrees Fahrenheit), is quite common in infants. The innovation works by increasing the core temperature of the body of the infants using electronics, shielded by double-wall plywood panels. The prototype can be manufactured and assembled locally in developing countries. The prototype consists of two boxes: one to hold the baby and one to hold the electronics. The students plan to ship the final prototype of the IncuBaby incubator to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi.

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Malawi and other developing countries

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Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Parts for IncuBaby cost about 250 USD, and the designers hope to keep its production version between 300 USD and 400 USD.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

There are many competing neonatal incubators, including Otter Newborn Warmer, Embrace, Giraffe Incubator Carestation, and Hot Cot.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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