Failing to save the world, as they had promised to do in recent years, technology companies are trying to catch up by developing equipment derived from their usual products to fight against the coronavirus.
This was particularly the case for the British brand of vacuum cleaners and air purifiers Dyson, which was one of the first to join. Dyson has developed an artificial respirator, called CoVent, as an emergency, which uses the very specific vacuum motor that is typically found in its high-end vacuums. She works in particular with the microprocessor manufacturer Intel. It has promised to manufacture 15,000 of these devices, which run on batteries, and to supply 5,000 to British hospitals.
The American car manufacturer Tesla is also working on an artificial respirator. In a video posted on social networks, engineers of the brand show how they developed a fairly complex device from parts of the Model 3.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese giant Foxconn, which usually manufactures iPhones and many other high-tech products, is going to transform one of its factories in Wisconsin, USA, to make respirators, according to Bloomberg.
Apple, for its part, has started manufacturing protective visors for caregivers. CEO Tim Cook himself demonstrates this in a video.
Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We’ve now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers. pic.twitter.com/3xRqNgMThX
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 5, 2020
Finally, the rich digital bosses are increasing donations and charitable actions. Bill Gates, through his foundation, will fund factories so that they are ready to operate at full capacity as soon as a vaccine against Covid-19 is found. On the donation side, the most spectacular is undoubtedly that of Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, who promises to offer a billion dollars, or about a third of his fortune, to the fight against the coronavirus.