Flypulse is a Swedish start-up using drones equipped with defibrillators to reach heart attack victims faster than ambulances on the ground.
Stanford University researchers have developed a vastly lower-cost alternative to traditional centrifuges. For approximately 20 cents (rather than hundreds or thousands of dollars, and without the need for power), a paper device could allow health workers in the field, in remote areas without power, or after natural disasters do on the spot testing for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.
Wired features a concept drone lifeguard – called the Otari – that could help people at risk of drowning in swimming pools.
Inhabitat features a concept design for an emergency or post-disaster shelter that can be collapsed for easy transportation. From the article:
“..each Shelter Pack provides sleeping accommodations for four people, as well as a bathroom, kitchen, and built-in dining table.”
“Overall, each installed Shelter Pack home provides 129 square feet of living space that can sustain residents for months on end.”
The Guardian reports on an innovative approach to developing and deploying solar panel arrays that means they could be used and moved with greater ease, with potential uses including post-disaster recovery and at festivals. The company behind the panels – Renovagen – has developed a method for creating solar panels on a roll that allows easy transport, deployment and removal.
Inhabitat features a disaster and emergency shelter designed to feel more like a home.
Unfortunately most recovery and development work after a disaster or displacement takes years rather than days or weeks, so the idea behind the Hex House is to give people a comfortable, semi-permanent space that could last many years and includes solar panels and a rainwater capture system.
FastCoExist highlights the development of multi-purpose streetlights in Malaysia that kill mosquitos, charge mobile phones and help transmit flood warnings – as well as providing night time illumination. On top of this, the lights are powered by a combination of solar and wind power.
The Guardian reports on a “drone ambulance” that can access places that emergency helicopters can’t reach and airlift two people at a time.
A number of Innovations helping those who have fled oppression, war or natural disaster.
The Emergency Floor is a blueprint for the installation of flooring in refugee camps, acting as a barrier against the spread of disease, hypothermia and flooding.
Springwise covers a flat packed emergency shelter that can withstand hurricanes. The HUSH2 – which can be assembled in around 7 minutes and houses 5 people – is developed by Extremis Technology.