Isobar, an innovation that can save millions
Sometimes innovations with the greatest impact on the lives of people are departing from the simplest ideas. This is the case of Isobar, a small lunchbox with the potential to save the lives of more than 1.5 million people a year. Yes, you read well, a year!
The idea was developed by William Broadway, student at Loughborough University, UK, and has earned him a nomination for the prestigious award for innovation and technology James Dyson in 2016.
The project developed by William based on a micro-ark frigorific that is so small fits in a backpack. But this micro-ark was not meant to carry drinks or food, but to bring vaccines to very remote places. The small device can maintain a stable temperature between 2 and 8 ° C, for approximately 30 days, which may be extremely useful in conflict situations or cases in developing countries, which carry a vaccine and keep it in right conditions is an adventure by itself.
According to the World Health Organization, William prototype could save 1.5 million people throughout the world, since the transport of vaccines is not always done optimally, with many accidents happen exactly the last kilometers before delivery because in developing countries. The Isobar can also be used in the medical transport of organs and blood.
It is a mixture of water and ammonia which creates the cooling effect known as hygroscopic responsible for keeping a fresh device for so long. The student has received approximately $ 2.6 million to develop the project, and the end of October will know if it is the winner of the 2016 edition of the award James Dyson.