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Fitbit may soon make emergency ventilators to tackle COVID-19 crisis, says CEO James Park

Fitbit Inc., known for creating activity trackers, smartwatches and wireless-enabled wearable technology, will transfer supply chain resources to build emergency ventilators.

In conversation with CNBC The CEO of Fitbit, James Park, said the ventilator would be used to treat COVID-19 patients and help bolster supplies of medical equipment.

According to the report, Park said that the company is handing over its technology to the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in the coming days. He said a team started working on the ventilator after consulting with physicians from Massachusetts General Brigham and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

Park said that an advantage in Fitbit is that the necessary infrastructure and manufacturing capacity is already available to them. “We already make 10 million (wearable) devices per year, and we plan to deliver the product to whatever volume is needed,” said the Fitbit CEO.

The Verge Reported that many organizations have contributed manufacturing resources to manufacture ventilators. While General Motors and Ford have offered manufacturing space for ventilator companies, the US space agency NASA has developed COVID-19 specifically for patients.

According to this BBC, A team of engineers and medical experts from Imperial College, London, have revealed their design for low-cost ventilators during the COVID-19 epidemic. Called JamVent, it was created in response to the UK government’s appeal for more such devices.

Globally, COVID-19 has crossed 45 lakh cases, with more than three lakh people suffering from the disease.

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