Many technology and automotive companies have make fans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and which now includes gaming PC manufacturers. Maingear has developed a fan, the LIV, which uses an old version of its F131 PC case as a chassis. Based on a platform already used in Italy and Switzerland, it is designed to be easy to use with automatic operation, presets and a touch screen interface. Healthcare workers can start providing oxygen in as little as 1.5 seconds.
Standard components help reduce costs. Maingear says the LIV can be produced at a quarter of the price of conventional fans. This still makes it relatively expensive (a ventilator usually costs tens of thousands of dollars), but the savings could make all the difference for hospitals that are already struggling to cope with high patient loads.