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02/09/2015 11:04 am ET Updated Feb 09, 2015

How A Product Honed At TechShop Went On To Save The Lives Of 87,000 Babies

For thousands of babies born too early to regulate their own body temperature, the Embrace Warmer blanket has been a lifesaver. And part of the product's effectiveness is the improvements made on the technology at TechShop, a "playground for creativity" that offers shared access to more than $1 million in professional equipment, including laser cutters, electronics labs and more.

HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd spoke to TechShop co-founder Mark Hatch on Friday about how the spirit of collaboration made the technology even better. When the team behind the Embrace Warmer showed up at one of TechShop's locations across the country, they benefited from the expertise of other creatives who were working there.

"When they came in to Menlo Park and they started talking about what it is they were doing, other chemical scientists came alongside of them and improved the functionality of the blanket by 900 percent," Hatch said. "It's actually saved 87,000 babies' lives. And they'll tell you the key piece of that was the fact that they were able to extend the range, and that came through interactions within the community."

Find out more about the Embrace Warmer in the video above, and click here to watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about TechShop.

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