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    • I think the most surprising thing to us was literally that snake-carrier thing. That was really different, not something we would have expected or come up with! The funny thing was the temperature for snake-warming, it’s actually ideal to keep them as close to room-temperature as possible, but that’s super-cold to us, 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. We can create a range of temperatures with our various formulations, and so we didn’t think a room temperature pack would be useful. But surprise, here was this application - a woman reached out through our website after seeing the temperature ranges, and that helped her transport her snakes and reptiles safely, even during the winter months! I think that’s one of the most surprising. Another surprising thing we’ve learned is we originally envisioned our blanket to warm babies for 5-8 hours, and what we found was a number of government hospitals, the doctors and nurses didn’t want us to keep the babies in there for 5-8 hours. Instead, we learned that some of them wanted to use the infant warming blankets to transport babies. So they asked us to make the interior wipeable instead of a knit fabric, so instead of warming ONE baby every 5-8 hours, we could warm 2-15 babies EVERY hour. So if you multiply that over time, it made a huge difference to these hospitals. Some of the hospitals we serve in emerging countries serve 100 babies per day, whereas in the University of Michigan hospital, there’s only about 300-500 babies born annually. So there’s a significant thing we learned: something as simple as changing the interior of the blanket could suddenly help so many more babies. 

      We had a Mount Everest climbing guy ask us to make some packs. We made small 2x2 inch packs, they don't stay warm as long (3-4 hours, versus 5-8), so that happened! They would put them in their gloves and stuff, or near their toes as they tried to sleep, because it gets so cold there. Just having a LITTLE bit of warmth can really help you sleep apparently, when you're climbing Everest!

      So that was one of the coolest applications.

      And then drone battery warming: we had a local company approach us, about 2 years ago, to ask if we could help warm drone batteries. Apparently if the temperature gets too cold, their drone batteries die and you can't use them. So for drone inspectors of wind turbines, you're inspecting them in the fall or winter, and the drone batteries just die! So that was a surprising and cool application. So these are applications of warmth that we NEVER would have expected, but that turned out to be a thing!