I have an idea for a public project, or at least an extended though exercise. Let's engineer a solution to address the need for hundreds of millions of tests for coronavirus and complimentary tests for antibodies that defeat the virus. You read this far, hear me out.
I was thinking that someplace like hackaday would have information on the well understood method to detect the virus itself,
and/or would have links to new methods to detect the antibodies in a patient
which might contain a reprint of the new method
Incidentally, this last is just an example on a preprint server and has not been peer reviewed and might not be a valid solution, but you get the general idea.
These methods might be viewed as primarily process control. Most of the Parallax community has some experience with process control to varying degrees.
While most community member do not has expertise in all areas of, for example RT-qPCR (from the hackaday article), many will have expertise in at least one aspect of this process.
My thought is, since we’re all staying home anyway, why not start a distributed project build a home version of one of these?
A similar approach was applied to 3D printing, now everybody has one; laser cutting, most folks that have one are not blind; pick and place, folks that really want one can have one; and reflow soldering, (I think I recall folks were able to make something that does this with an oven). Now that we have all these technologies, can we try to combine them into a home brew virus test rig?
All we need to do is define and understand each step of the process, and identify an implementation of each process step. It changes from a medical problem to an engineering challenge. If we can fill in the blanks end to end, anybody can build one. Many of the Parallax community would be the type to give it a try. If only one succeeds, we still all succeed. Most of the community has spare Props, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, 3D printers, and toaster ovens. Why not put them to good use?
Clearly, I have too much time on my hands.
Would this be of interest to anyone?