Dyson – the British technology company best known for its powerful vacuum cleaners, hair dryers and fans – has recently developed a new fan, the “CoVent”, which it will produce to help treat coronavirus patients, via CNN.
The company reportedly developed the fan in 10 days based on Dyson’s existing digital motor technology. Dyson is still seeking regulatory approval in the UK for the quickly designed device, but it has already received an order from the UK government for 10,000 fans, of which the National Health Service (NHS) is in dire need.
The CoVent is a bed-mounted and portable fan, with the option of battery operation if required. “This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and on a large scale,” company founder James Dyson noted in a letter to the company obtained by Fast operation, adding that the CoVent “is designed to meet the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients”. Dyson also promised in the letter to donate another 5,000 fans to “the international effort.”, Of these, 1,000 go to the United Kingdom. ‘
“The race has now started to get it into production,” Dyson noted in his letter, with a company spokesperson telling CNN that the fans would be ready in early April.
Fans – which provide assisted breathing to patients unable to breathe on their own – are critical to treating severe cases of COVID-19, which cause respiratory symptoms in some patients. Dyson is not the only major company to focus on fan design and manufacturing in recent days – automakers such as Ford, Tesla and General Motors have also pledged to reuse their factories to develop critical treatment devices, as the deficits around the world continue to grow.