American Schoolboy Invents First Aid Vending Machine

Like all the world’s greatest inventors, Taylor Rosenthal from Alabama identified a problem and decided to fix it.

“Every time I’d travel for a baseball tournament in Alabama,” he said, “I’d notice that kids would get hurt and parents couldn’t find a band aid.

“I wanted to solve that.”

Necessity really is the mother of invention. Before you could say “magic sponge”, Taylor had launched a start-up called RecMed.

First Aid is Always Nearby

RecMed’s motto is “First Aid is Always Nearby”, which is a comforting thought indeed.

“Whether you’re at a local youth athletic event, a national park, or in line for a roller coaster, accidents and injuries happen.

“RecMed’s goal is to ensure first aid kits are always nearby – no matter where you are.”

Specific Medical Scenarios

The idea isn’t just to make first aid accessible, but also to make it affordable without compromising on quality. As well as selling a lot of first aid supplies on an individual basis, they also dispense certain kits created for “specific medical scenarios.”

Quite how this will work isn’t clear, but you can imagine selecting a mishap from a list – grazed knee, lacerated finger – before receiving precisely the supplies you need to stem the flow and ease the pain.

Pre-packaged first aid kits range from £4 to £11, while other products – rubber gloves, antiseptic wipes – are available from £4 to £14.

RecMed machines are only designed to help with “small athletic injuries”, which is perfectly understandable. After all, if you receive a particularly vicious injury, you’ll likely want something a little more elaborate than a first aid kit anyway.

A £20m Idea

You may have noticed that Taylor’s idea is a very good idea indeed. And you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that.

A “large national healthcare company” offered Taylor £20m in exchange for his idea. But he turned down the offer.

Instead, with the help of £69,000 worth of angel investments, Taylor plans to sell his machines for £3,800 each.

He already has orders from some major American theme parks, and he says he’s open to the possibility of advertising on the machines too.

Essentially, he’s made.