Vent is a low cost ventilator designed for high-volume manufacturing independent of the medical supply chain. Following the posting of the DOD Vulcan Hack-a-Vent challenge, BLU3 immediately started working on BLU3 Vent using proprietary technology of Nemo. Nemo by BLU3 is a compact tankless dive system that supplies air to a diver to up to 10 feet underwater and features a rechargeable battery pack that lasts over an hour. The BLU3 team spent over 4 years in research and development of Nemo before launching the product in October, 2019.
“This process has been driven at lightspeed by an amazing collaborative effort put on by the DOD, all with the common goal to make a difference in saving lives. Our BLU3 team could not be more proud of the challenges we’ve overcome, and we are eager to keep pushing forward in case BLU3 Vent can make a positive impact anywhere around the world.” – Blake Carmichael, President & CEO
More than a standard air pump, Nemo has benefits in sensor and software technology that the BLU3 team realized could enable rapid ventilator development. Within weeks, the BLU3 team was able to produce a functional prototype. New test results suggest that BLU3 Vent could be used as an emergency use ventilator to help patients affected by COVID-19. BLU3 Vent is now awaiting review by the FDA for approval under the Emergency Use Authorization.