Adam Grosser’s Step to Efficiency

Over the past two weeks, I have been able to learn more about TED; a website with “riveting talks by remarkable people” that are completely free to the world.

I happened to uncover something truly remarkable this past few days while I was skimming through these videos: a refrigeration system the size of a water flask that could potentially decrease the spread of disease and starvation in underdeveloped nations.

Adam Grosser and his team at Stanford University was able to develop a prototype of a refrigeration system that does not use any natural gas, coal, or electricity. By utilizing a heat source (i.e. cooking fire fueled by camel dung or wood), the device will do the rest of the work.

This is how it will help recent the spread of disease and malnutrition:

  1. It can refrigerate vaccines for doctors and hospitals in zones that have little to no power.
  2. It can store away foods that necessitate the use of a cool place to prevent spoiling.

Personally, this is a wonderful invention. Grosser was able to utilize the ideals of scientists decades ago to successfully create a product that encompasses the materials these scientists incorrectly used. Grosser, another visionary maker, has discovered an effective way to better the refrigeration technology that we use today, and quite frankly, has done it with portability in mind.

Doctors, hospitals, emergency response crews, campers, and a wide range of people are applicable to use this product because it is very user-friendly and provides a needed service to the public.

You can watch more of the video here: 

Adam Gross and The Refrigeration Flask

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1,083 Responses to Adam Grosser’s Step to Efficiency

  1. iRush says:

    This is a really awesome technology that I could use in my camping trips or beach trips. I can keep my drinks cold rather than using ice and it can keep it colder for a longer time. But more importantly, something like this can change lives in many African nations where majority of the population don’t have any way of keeping their food cold. This is an excellent representation of need-based invention. It is an extremely simple device which can help the poorest of the poor. Adam Grosser is solving the everyday situation problem. This technology has the potential to save many lives. We see something similar in Makers by Cory Doctorow. In the story, Perry and Lester try to design self-growing homes for the homeless people to live in. These houses were designed to help the homeless people when they had somewhere else to go. From a business perspective, something like the self-growing homes or the portable refrigerator is a great product over other technological advancements. New technology often fulfills wants rather than needs. The products that serve the purpose of needs like Adam Grosser’s refrigerator are bound to sell more than products that are not necessary as much in life.

  2. EL7 says:

    I completely agree with iRush: new technology does too often cater to want rather than helping someone in need. Adam Grosser (in my eyes) is the ultimate maker. How someone could make such a life changing device for as low as $25.00 is beyond my imagination. As a society I believe that we are too wrapped up in obtaining the newest iPhone or improving the picture quality of our television. Watching this video has made me realize the importance of acknowledging that a maker is not just simply someone who makes weird and funny new things out of old and useless objects. A maker should also be able to look at the things that we take for granted every day and people around the world do not have the luxury of using, and change them into something affordable and usable for those less fortunate. It’s awesome how Adam Grosser was able to collaborate with so many talented people to create this refrigeration flask. Yeah, the iPhone and Siri are pretty amazing, but for me? I’d rather spend $200+ to donate 8 refrigeration flasks to those in need. Very cool blog post.

  3. EllieJane says:

    This is actually amazing, it sort of reminds me of the water bottle filter that you pump to make any water drinkable. Now people need to figure out how to make this profitable for everyone. While it is inspiring, and I would definitely donate to the cause, many people don’t see it as fantastic. Ideas like this refrigeration system are awesome, but it needs to be made into a profitable business.

    Take Toms shoes, while it is great, and makes people feel helpful that donating a pair of shoes for each purchased, if it was not profitable, stores would not sell them, and he would have so little demand that his idea would not make a cent. I think it would be better to sell the “cooler” on the same one-to-one idea as Toms. That way, its profitable, does good in the world, and ultimately would have a chance to make real change in the world.

    Makers need to continue doing good for the world, I think that is how the movement is really going to gain backing and momentum.

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