Glia Is Making Open Medical Devices, And You Can Help

The Glia project aims to create a suite of free and open-source medical equipment that can be assembled cheaply and easily when and where it’s needed. Even essential tools like stethoscopes and tourniquets can be difficult to acquire in certain parts of the world, especially during times of war or civil unrest. But armed with a 3D printer and the team’s open-source designs, an ad-hoc factory can start producing these lifesaving tools anywhere on the planet. Glia member [Tarek Loubani] has recently written a blog post discussing the team’s latest release: an otoscope that can be built for as little as $5. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve almost certainly seen one of them in use. The otoscope is used to look inside the ear and can be invaluable in diagnosing illnesses, especially in children. Unfortunately, while this iconic piece of equipment is quite simple on a technical level, professional-quality versions can cost hundreds of dollars. Now to be fair, you’ll need quite a bit more than just the 3D printed parts to assemble the device. The final product requires some electrical components such as a battery holder, rocker switch, and LED. It also requires a custom len...

34 Weird Products On Amazon With More Than 3,000 Five-Star Reviews

Sometimes the word “weird” translates to “unexpected.” Sometimes it means “strange,” and sometimes it means “utterly random.” In the case of these weird but wildly popular Amazon products, “weird” means all of the aforementioned and more. But despite the bizarre-factor (whatever that may mean to you), these items have thousands of reviews for a good reason. People actually found that they improved their lives on a significant enough level that they felt inclined to leave a five-star review — some of which even have several paragraphs of description to go along with the highest possible rating. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d assume that most people only take the time to publicly state their love for a purchase if it seriously blew them away. For these products, that happened thousands of times for thousands of different Amazon users. All of the following products have at least 3,000 five-star reviews. How do I know? I went through every single one of them and did the math — and for someone who was an English major, calculating percentages is a skill I rarely use. Still, it’s all worth it if it mea...