18 Aug '11, 3pm

Old toys made into much needed medical supplies. Absolutely brilliant! via @TreeHugger

Old toys made into much needed medical supplies. Absolutely brilliant! via @TreeHugger

Old toys rarely get a second chance for a new life. Most of them head to landfill without a second glance. But Jose Gomez-Marquez of MIT has come up with a way to hack old toys into medical devices for dealing with everything from diabetes to dengue fever, providing cheap solutions for developing nations all while reusing existing products. CNET reports , "By taking everyday items like Legos and bike pumps and turning them into replacements for expensive medical devices, [Gomez-Marquez is] attempting to save lives on the cheap." "Most of the devices that get donated to developing countries fail because they were not designed to be used in these environments," Gomez-Marquez said during a visit to CNET this week to show some of his creations. "We need to make the Land Rover version of medical devices for these countries. Right now we are sending the Ferrari versions and they...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/scientist-creates...

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