Dubai students' develop child-friendly app for diabetes

Two students from the College of Natural and Health Sciences, Zayed University, have developed a child-friendly app for diabetes, named the Blue Bear.

Hanan Alenezi and Fatma Alfalasi said the app was developed to benefit parents in monitoring and better controlling their toddlers via inserting the child’s blood sugar level to the app, which then calculates the nutritional intakes required per day, and much more, "Parents can say whatever they want through the animated interactive Blue Bear which displays on the mobile screens tablets or computers."

"The app provides physical activities, children imitate the bear by either dancing, jumping, and signing, it also delivers educational health tips through a questionnaire presented to the children. The Blue Bear asks young viewers to choose between a chocolate bar or an apple, then interacts by either crying or smiling according to the positive or negative choice.

"What’s interesting is that according to the blood sugar data, which is either manually entered by the parents on daily bases or linked to the child’s blood sugar monitoring senior, the Blue Bear appears either happy or tired on the displayed screen, and that itself has triggered many children to encounter the situation and cheer the Blue Bear over his proposed activities," they said.

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