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Digital biofeedback device to teach abdominal breathing

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Abdominal breathing training device for patients who suffer from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiac disease, and other disorders

Design Award

  • Tong Biomedical Design Award Winner

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Project Overview

The use of breathing exercises is often prescribed to patients who suffer from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiac disease, and other disorders. In addition to therapeutic benefits, breathing exercises are used in stress management programs. However, learning the skill of abdominal breathing, let alone more difficult breathing techniques used in Zen meditation, can be difficult. Using biofeedback devices to teach abdominal breathing has proven useful; however, the current laboratory equipment used is expensive, cumbersome, and doesn't allow users to track their progress. The goal of this project is to develop and improve upon a prototype of a digital, biofeedback device used to teach abdominal breathing techniques. The device must be inexpensive, comfortable for any user, and it must offer intuitive and effective biofeedback.

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Team members from left to right: Jessica Brand, Kayla Huemer, Hannah Lider, Melanie Loppnow (back), Anupama Bhattacharya (front)
Team members from left to right: Jessica Brand, Kayla Huemer, Hannah Lider, Melanie Loppnow (back), Anupama Bhattacharya (front)

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Team Members

  • Melanie Loppnow, BME 402 - Team Leader
  • Anupama Bhattacharya, BME 402 - Communicator
  • Ms. Jessica Brand, BME 402 - BSAC
  • Hannah Lider, BME 402 - BWIG
  • Kayla Huemer, BME 402 - BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Mitchell Tyler - Advisor
  • Dr. Ken Kushner - Client

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