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Project Spotlight: UVisor

A group of global volunteers are currently developing UVisor, a low-cost helmet with a UV chamber and fan unit that is designed to be a better alternative to protective equipment options currently on the market.

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Project Spotlight: MARLEy

COVID-19 caused many schools to shut down. Consequently, students now lack access to hands-on learning. MARLEy tries to solve this problem through an Augmented Reality (AR) environment that allows for interactive learning.

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Mask Safety Information

A face mask may appear to just be a humble piece of fabric, but it has the potential to completely change the course of the pandemic that we are currently facing. However, the right masks must be worn, and worn correctly, in order for them to achieve maximum efficacy.

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Project Spotlight: RespiraWorks Update

In March 2020, RespiraWorks was founded as a response to the onset of COVID-19. Since then, RespiraWorks has grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with over 200 volunteers across the globe. In the past several months, the team has reached multiple milestones while continuing to move towards a fully-functional Reference Design.

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Project Spotlight: VentOS

COVID-19 resulted in an outpouring of volunteer groups looking to design open-source ventilators. VentOS volunteers seek to support these groups. Their mission is to create an embedded operating system that will enable groups to develop safe and effective ventilators for diverse medical settings.

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Project Spotlight: Tetra Four-Way Ventilator Splitter

A group of global volunteers are currently prototyping Tetra, a Four-Way Ventilator Splitter. This new splitter is intended to maximize the capacity of a single machine as a last resort solution for under-resourced hospitals by potentially allowing for the treatment of two to four patients at once from a single ventilator.

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People of Helpful: Jamie Waters

Jamie Waters is a Helpful Engineering volunteer who serves as the project manager for Tetra. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaime started working on Tetra, which is a four-way ventilator splitter. In this interview, he discusses how he got involved in Helpful Engineering and explains how Tetra works.

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