A North Staffordshire dad has invented the world’s first coronavirus ‘bubble’ pram – to protect babies from catching the disease.
Ian Whieldon designed the BabyBubble – a pod on wheels which features particulate filtering systems.
The 56-year-old, from Leek, says they will prevent viruses and air pollution from reaching the child.
The futuristic-looking pushchair stops babies breathing in vehicle emissions or airborne diseases like Covid-19, influenza, common cold and chickenpox.
The transparent bubble also blocks 99.9 per cent of harmful UV light and repels 70 per cent of the sun’s heat, thanks to film usually seen on high-rise hotel windows.
It has a temperature check which links to a smartphone app, air conditioning and comes with internal lights powered by a battery which charges when the pram rolls.
Dad-of-three Ian, who used to work as a window cleaner, designed the pram at his home and has made a number of prototypes.
He is now after investors and hopes to be selling the prams for around £1,500 in high street shops and online on sites like Mothercare in three to six months time.
Ian said: “In today’s world there are countless environmental risks which threaten new-born babies’ health – Covid-19 is just the latest danger.
“The BabyBubble is designed to eliminate as many of those threats as possible while providing comfort for babies in an aesthetically-pleasing and lightweight design.”
The pram uses replaceable N95 air filters to ensure air circulating inside the pram is purified.
Ian has previously designed anti drink spiking gadgets.
He patented his ‘filter can’ in 130 countries across the world after sitting on the idea for a decade.