Below is a note from our son Christopher regarding one of our Preferred Partners - iFixit. Their mission is to help people fix things and they are presently heavily focused on ventlator repair manuals. Owner Kyle Weins has provided our club with tool kits for repair of iPhones, iPads, and many small electronic devices - if you would like to borrow one, just let me know.
From: Chris Bross <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: April 23, 2020 at 12:10:57 PM MST To: Gary Bross <email@example.com> Subject: Re: iFixit and ventilator repair
And watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yKv30tYBss#new_tab On Apr 23, 2020, at 12:08 PM, Chris Bross <chris.bross@iFixit.com> wrote: Hey Dad, I’m not sure if we talked about this initiate that iFixit started last month to facilitate ventilator repair in light of the increased need during the COVID virus. Basically Kyle felt that the well-guarded world of medical device service manuals needed to be made public to the world and centralized in one location where all manuals could be founds for all ventilators. That quickly turned into more than that! Read these articles to show you the timeline on how it is a developing story. March 18: https://www.ifixit.com/News/36354/help-us-crowdsource-repair-information-for-hospital-equipment March 25: https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-ifixit-apple-repair-site-helping-repair-medical-machines-2020-3 April 3 (research groups start to support and lobby for it): https://uspirg.org/news/usp/43000-call-ventilator-manufacturers-release-repair-information April 17th: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/a32144222/hospitals-ventilators-right-repair-covid-19/ Today (GE and Medtronics comply!): https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884zvx/ventilator-companies-finally-make-the-life-saving-devices-easier-to-repair We now have service manuals for 182 different ventilators online and available to the public: https://www.ifixit.com/Search?doctype=topic&query=ventilator Manufacturers are asking us to remove the manuals in some cases, but we are not currently complying and have legal standing to do so. We are allowing the ground swell of support to grow so that the pressure to maintain a public database of this info becomes standard. There needs to be some control for access to secret intellectual property at some point, or they can make a public version of manuals available and keep private ones internal, who knows. So this is how Kyle loves to operate. This is perfect example of raising an issue and executing on it quickly with huge impact. Currently there is no revenue model to support this project, but it’s a mission driven opportunity. Maybe we’ll sell parts later, maybe not. But we will gain additional new users and traffic on ifixit.com from medical professional and others we may never heard from. We’ll see! Love, Chris