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History and integration in Sensorica

posted Aug 11, 2015, 2:51 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Aug 11, 2015, 9:13 PM by Fab Be ]
In January 2014, Fabio Balli and Yannick Gervais decided to create an Health game as part of a postgraduate degree in game design. Two alumni, Pascal Nataf and David Duguay, put them in connection with the CF team from universiy hospital Sainte Justine, which is interested in increasing the therapeutic adherence for young patients. The alumni have a prototype designed by John Danger during a project on asthma. This measures the pressure of the therapeutic device and transmits it via USB.

The group starts a non-commercial project, and Fabio launches fibrosekystique.net / cysticfibrosisgames.net / juegosfibrosisquistica.net, an open source community to make the project sustainable. Three games are conceived, and developed mainly by Yannick : Globule (puzzle), Ange Gardien (strategy) and Célébrations (contemplative). Two students in electro-acoustic composition, David Arango and Jeremy Bouchard, join the project.

Globlue and Ange-Gardien are developed on Unity 3D in C #, as well as PEP Hero (action), a game designed during a Hacking Health. All three are tested with ten children and Sainte Justine's team. The result was presented at the Quebec contest Forces Avenir, which awarded the project Health Finalist.

A disagreement in the vision resulted in David Duguay leaving the group. The team took part to a new Hacking Health, which lead to the current project: Héritage, a game where the child protects the world’s heritage from a robber.

In parallel, contacts have been established with academic centers including the CHUV, the Inselspital and the HE Arc. The CHUV proposed to reuse Flower for all, an iPhone app based on the analysis of the noise emitted by the therapeutic device. To be consistent and simple, the principle has been included in a new C# code made by a student of HE Arc, Cyriaque Skrapits. Another student, Nicolas Wenk, started coding Heritage, and took part to a further hacking event where he worked on the recognition dynamics.

This June, the HE Arc launched an interdisciplinary research project. In August fibrosekystique.net joined Sensorica to design and develop a fun interface that connects the medical device with the computer, respectively to design a new medical device that can be used for various breathing illnesses or challenges.

Today, the project brought together some 30 contributors ; it is followed in 15 countries by over 100 people. The website, available in English, French and Spanish and certified Health on the Net, brings together some 70 articles and links.