Companion Robots

Kids with illness use imaginative medical play to take care of their stuffed animals, mirroring their medical procedures with their toys as a way of emotionally coping and gaining control. We’ve leveraged this observation to create products that empower children with illness.

 

Product

Jerry the Bear

Jerry the Bear is a best friend for children with type 1 diabetes.

By taking care of Jerry's diabetes, children gain hands-on practice with counting carbs, monitoring Jerry's blood sugar, and dosing Jerry with insulin. Kids care for Jerry using the virtual diabetes tools and the digital pantry in our app!

Jerry the Bear is available worldwide! We've partnered with Beyond Type 1 for global distribution, and with Diabetes Express exclusively in Canada.

Product

My Special Aflac Duck™

A cuddly comforting companion for kids with childhood cancer and Aflac’s promise that you are not alone.

My Special Aflac Duck™ uses engaging play to help comfort children coping with cancer. The duck comes to life through naturalistic movement, distinct emotions, and an interactive app that enables kids to explore the duck’s virtual world.

Aflac aims to get a My Special Aflac Duck in the hands of every child in the US newly diagnosed with cancer at no cost to the family.

Developed in collaboration with the Aflac Cancer Center.

 

Our Workbench

We are currently developing companion products for the following conditions:


Food Allergies

How might we provide anaphylaxis response education and reduce social stigmas of food allergies?

Autism

How might we help children recognize and communicate emotions?

Anxiety

How might we help children calm down after stressful situations?

Aging

How might we enhance social connection and emotional comfort?

 

Are you a large brand?

We are currently looking for partners to help us commercialize our next companion products.

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