This Educational Teddy Bear Shows Kids How To Monitor Their Disease

By: Alyson Wyers - Oct 8, 2014
References: jerrythebear & psfk
This educational teddy bear is built to help kids manage their Type 1 diabetes. As children play with Jerry the Bear and help him with his own disease, they learn more about their own.

Jerry is intended to be alongside youth who are newly diagnosed with TD1. Kids can give Jerry the diabetic bear insulin shots and blood sugar checks. They can also feed him by swiping a chip-integrated card and monitor his diet, which is displayed in a tummy-mounted screen called the Glucopal. Its inventors hope to have Jerry connect to a computer so children can continue learning.

Created by Sproutel, this toy recently had a successful Indiegogo campaign and is still seeking funds. Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung first developed the educational teddy bear through a project with Design for America and then expanded with a Dell Challenge grant.