Rice device gently warms hypothermic infants

 Student team designs low-cost incubator for developing countries

Rice University students have built a unique incubator for hypothermic infants that can be flat-packed and shipped at minimal cost anywhere in the world.

The lightweight incubator designed and built at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen uses a pair of heating pads and a sophisticated configuration of simple materials to keep an infant’s body temperature stable.