Bubble breather - A breathing exercise game to support pneumonia rehabilitation and recovery

Aaron Tabor, Reyhan Pradantyo, Book Sadprasid, Max V. Birk, Erik Scheme, Scott Bateman

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Abstract

Breathing exercise games are designed to increase motivation and adherence during the rehabilitation of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia. However, current breathing exercise game designs rely upon custom built and/or non-commodity hardware that can be relatively expensive, require regular upkeep, and are complex. Together the issues associated with the breath sensing technology in many current breathing games act as a barrier to their accessibility and design. To address these limitations, we designed and built Bubble Breather, a game that uses the microphone and speakers available in commodity devices (e.g., phones and laptops) to sense breathing using ultrasound. Bubble Breather was designed specifically to use this newer type of breath sensing in two commonly prescribed breathing exercises for pneumonia: Breath Stacking and Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) Therapy. We present the design and implementation of Bubble Breather, and describe our future work to iteratively extend and improve the game through co-design sessions with clinicians and patients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI PLAY 2020 - Extended Abstracts of the 2020 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages86-90
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375870
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020
Event7th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2020 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: 2 Nov 20204 Nov 2020
https://chiplay.acm.org/2020/

Conference

Conference7th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2020
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/11/204/11/20
OtherVirtual event
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research and development of Bubble Breather was supported by the COVID-19 Research Fund (COV-072), jointly created by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF); as well as ongoing support from NSERC.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 ACM.

Keywords

  • Breath stacking
  • Breathing rehabilitation exercise
  • Pep therapy
  • Therapeutic games
  • Ultrasonic breath sensing

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