IIT Kanpur to develop low-cost portable ventilators amid Covid-19 pandemic

With the number of Covid-19 cases rising in the country, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur is developing portable ventilators which will be significantly cheaper than the ones available in the market.

Professors at IIT Kanpur claim that while invasive ventilators are available at around Rs 4 lakh per unit in the market, this ventilator will be made at a cost of Rs 70,000 per unit as all the components have been sourced from India only.

IIT Kanpur graduates develop a prototype for the portable ventilator

Two graduates from the institute—Nikhil Kurule and Harshit Rathore — who are running a start-up called “Nocca Robotics” incubated at IIT Kanpur, have developed a prototype for the portable ventilator.

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IIT, Kanpur has formed a nine-member team, including doctors from Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bangalore to vet the prototype following which the start-up will get around 1000 portable ventilators ready within a month.

According to the team, the prototype developed is an invasive type mechanical ventilator capable of operating in pressure-controlled mode.

Covid-19 pandemic: Portable ventilators to be connected with phones

The ventilator will be permanently connected to a mobile phone which will be used to control the device and display critical information. The device will not require any form of medical air and will be capable of operating on its own in ambient air. There will also be a provision for attaching oxygen cylinder, when required.

Courtesy: India Today

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