In a blog post April 17, Parrot announced that they are supporting the French medical profession by contributing their experience in engine design and integration to the MakAir open source respirator project. “The engine is an essential and very demanding part of any ventilation device: constant power, controlled vibrations, sufficient reliability and endurance to allow 24/24 operation for 6 weeks,” says Parrot. “Our expertise allows us to offer today 500 engines that perfectly meet these criteria, for the launch of the MakAir project, which is both ambitious, simple and modular.”
The sheer volume of Covid-19 victims has highlighted a worldwide shortage of artificial respirators, which are required for treating the most severe cases.
Countries all over the world have struggled to increase production in time to meet the needs of the current crisis. In France, an Air Liquide project aimed to increase the production of artificial respirators from 200 to 10,000 per year, starting in May 2020: a second nonprofit project has spurred initiatives to…