This breathing device designed for young sufferers of cystic fibrosis uses gamification to encourage youngsters to do breathing exercises. Considered essential, these exercises have the potential to greatly enhance the lives of young people with cystic fibrosis.
The Jordi-Stick was developed by Dieter Kirsch, whose toddler has the disease. In the United States, 30,000 are inflicted with the incurable illness -- almost half of whom are kids. Regular exercises performed with a nebulizer breathing device (which distributes medicine in mist form through the airway) can make a big difference.
To motivate small children to do their 30 minutes a day, the Jordi-Stick connects the nebulizer to a video game. The activity in the game is controlled by the player's breathing.