If you’re a young kid diagnosed with diabetes, it can be hard to submit to all the self-monitoring that people with the disease must do each and every day. Testing for blood sugar levels is particularly unpleasant, especially if you’re the only one around having to go through the painful process. That’s why a new company called Sproutel has developed Jerry, a toy bear who also has diabetes.
The toy is interactive, letting kids check his sugar levels with a simple squeeze of any of his fingers. If glucose is too high, a toy insulin pen along with the interactive touchscreen on the bear’s chest can be used to correct it. Moreover, Jerry can be fed various foods that come in the form of cards that the child can simply swipe across the bear’s mouth. The feedings have an effect on Jerry’s blood glucose and the child learns the relationship in a direct and interactive manner, helping to overcome the same issues that the kid eventually has to come to terms with.
The team behind the toy is currently raising money on Indiegogo to fully commercialize Jerry the Bear and to be able to offer it to as many diabetic kids as possible.
Here’s a quick demo of how Jerry lives and helps diabetic kids do the same:
Indiegogo fundraiser: Jerry the Bear: Reinventing Diabetes Education Through PLAY…
(hat tip: Robohub)