Dyson is a British tech company best known for its high-powered vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, and fans — now they have developed a new ventilator, the “CoVent,” in the past several days, which it will be making in order to help treat coronavirus patients, via CNN.
Dyson reportedly developed the ventilator in 10 days based on Dyson’s already digital motor technology. Dyson is still seeking regulatory approval in the UK for the rapidly produced device, but it’s already got an order from the UK Government for 10,000 ventilators, of which the National Health Service (NHS) is in desperate need.
The CoVent is a bed-mounted and portable ventilator, with the option to run on battery power should the need arise. “This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume,” company founder James Dyson noted in a letter to the company obtained by Fast Company, adding that the CoVent was “designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients.” Dyson also pledged in the letter to donate an additional 5,000 ventilators to “the international effort, 1,000 of which will go to the United Kingdom.”
“The race is now on to get it into production,” Dyson noted in his letter, with a company spokesperson telling CNN that the ventilators would be ready in early April.
Ventilators — which provide assisted breathing for patients who are unable to breathe themselves — are crucial for the treatment of severe cases of COVID-19, which causes respiratory symptoms in some cases. Dyson isn’t the only major company that’s turned to ventilator design and production in recent days — carmarkers like Ford, Tesla, and General Motors have also vowed to change their plants toward developing the critical treatment devices as deficiencies around the world continue to rise.