When James Roberts, a then university student in the field of design engineering, found out that 75% of babies that die due to being born prematurely worldwide could be saved if inexpensive treatment options were more readily available, he knew he had to do something to help. 10% of all babies are born prematurely, so there is a ton of potential young lives to be saved!
His class project quickly turned into something more than just a school project. Roberts invented an inflatable baby incubator prototype he called MOM. The incubator is incredibly inexpensive at just $400, which is nothing compared to the $45,000 a regular baby incubator costs, and also extremely versatile. It’s light and easy to transport, which makes it accessible to people in a 3rd world setting, i.e. in a refugee camp.
After recently graduating from university, James Roberts won the 2014 James Dyson Award. According to their web site, “The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.” The winner of the award receives $60,000 and we know James Roberts will be using that money wisely.
Roberts plans to use the cash to help further develop his own impressive invention, improve it to where it can be mass-produced, and then hopefully spread it throughout the world to make baby incubators readily available to all prematurely born babies that need them! His invention certainly has the potential to save many lives and we commend him for his efforts to make the world a better place.
At just 23 years old, this kind and considerate genius has his whole life ahead of him and we just know he’s going to do great things in his lifetime like a boss!