'A team in Colombia is to test a ventilator made with a Raspberry Pi
computer and easy-to-source parts.
The design and computer code were posted online in March by a man in
California, who had no prior experience at creating medical equipment.
Marco Mascorro, a robotics engineer, said he built the ventilator
because knew the machines were in high demand to treat Covid-19.
His post prompted a flood of feedback from healthcare workers.
He has used the advice to make improvements.
"I am a true believer that technology can solve a lot of the problems
we have right now specifically in this pandemic," he told the BBC.
The Colombian team said the design was important for their South
American country because parts for traditional models could be hard to
By contrast, Mr Mascorro's design uses only easy-to-find parts - for
example, the valves it employs can commonly be found at car and
plumbing supply stores.
The machine is set to be put through a fast-tracked round of tests at
two institutions in Bogota - the University Hospital of the Pontifical
Xavierian University and Los Andes University.'
-- source: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52251286
-- github: https://github.com/Mascobot/pandemic-ventilator-2.0
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
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