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Solar powered fans in suits

Caregivers are exposed to very hot conditions when responding to patients on the scene. This idea helps circulate cold air within the suit by a solar powered computer fan. This will cause the suit to inflate more, so putting rubberbands at the pivots of the body, like the elbows and knees, would help caregivers retain their mobility.

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Suits that are currently used can be fitted with flexible solar panels on the shoulders which is then connected to a computer fan on the back. Rubberbands on the elbows and knees can contrain the cold airflow into the arms and legs.

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Photo of Raul Villaseca
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Hi Aloke
I do not think good idea.
Do you take the sun to cool down?
cells could be a hat?

Photo of Deborah Paterson
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Hi Aloke, we'd like to share some guiding questions to help the development of your idea through engagement from our community and experts in their feedback.

Distribution - how will these be distributed to remote communities that need them? Is this a viable option for West Africa? What partners would be needed to deploy this?

Adoption - what do we need to include in the suits that will help with training them how to use and follow safe protocol, especially in donning and doffing?

Manufacturing - How much will it cost per suit and what would be the turn around for deployment in design and production time?

Energy - are there alternative lightweight, long lasting energy sources that could be used to power the suits or how could this be done using natural movement/energy from the body? How might we create a closed loop system that uses body heat to power the cooling system and that doesn’t require external power sources?

We're looking forward to seeing your idea build out as a result of expert knowledge. Feel free to update your idea and indicate what else you need to make this happen as you get more feedback. Good luck!

Photo of Chingpou Palmei
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Hi Aloke Pillai, Your idea and my idea are similar. Also please go through my idea on "Equipping and Empowering the Care Community to Fight Ebola" and see if we can clubbed together our ideas and work as a team. here is the link: https://openideo.com/challenge/fighting-ebola/ideas/equipping-and-empowering-the-care-community-to-fight-ebola

Photo of Michelle L'Archeveque
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Awesome that you two have teamed up! Can't wait to see where this goes!

Photo of Deborah Paterson
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Hello! I love that you've found a connection between your ideas. Reading through your idea as well Guichingdun, an idea that popped into my head was about leveraging existing inflation technologies - perhaps looking at something like self inflating air beds? I know this requires a closed space, but perhaps there is something we can learn from this. How might we do this without a power source?

Photo of Chingpou Palmei
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Hello! Thanks for your revolutionary suggestion. I think your suggestion is applicable. Self inflatable air-conditioned suite powered by solar to what Bob Hauck and Aloke Pillai have suggested would be the ideal solution.

Photo of Deborah Paterson
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Hi! I noticed there is another similar ideas. Maybe you guys can collaborate somehow? Check it out here - https://openideo.com/challenge/fighting-ebola/research/virus-barrier. Good luck!

Photo of Dan Shipp
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Where does the cold air come from? In West Africa, if you're in enough sun to power the motor, isn't the air that's circulating going to be hot? Then you're trying to work inside a convection oven. Cooling garments for use under protective clothing are available now. Could the solar fan be used to help circulate the air to the whole body?