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Cystic fibrosis game developed in Dundee being tested at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Konglomerate Games programmer Sam Gainty plays Archipelayo
Konglomerate Games programmer Sam Gainty plays Archipelayo

A game designed by a Dundee firm to help children with cystic fibrosis complete breathing exercises is undergoing medical testing at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Konglomerate Games, a company made up of students from Abertay University in Dundee, developed Archipelayo to make the breathing exercises less monotonous.

The game has been designed around the Fizzyo Sensor, a bluetooth sensor that attaches to the physiotherapy devices used to enhance the airway clearance techniques people with cystic fibrosis perform.

These can be tedious and uncomfortable, and can last for up to an hour. Archipelayo takes this routine and turns it into a series of fun mini-games.

The game also measures patients’ adherence to their treatment non-intrusively through analytics, and has been designed to encourage the correct techniques to combat the disease’s progression.

It is fully customisable to the patient’s individual exercises and stage of treatment.

Jamie Bankhead, chief executive of Konglomerate Games, said: “Around 150 children are participating in the clinical testing across the UK, primarily at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The early signs are quite positive.

“Our data tells us that the average usage time for a player is 20 minutes, and that is fantastic – 80% of the breaths they are taking are deemed to be good quality, which is great news.

“This suggests that not only is the fun there, but the medical benefit is there too.”

The medical testing is due to end in November.

Emma Raymond, from Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “The response from the children has been excellent. We’re absolutely delighted at the collaboration with Abertay and Konglomerate Games.

“The games they delivered have been of the highest quality.”

rmclaren@thecourier.co.uk

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