This package consists of 2 complete Breathing+ packages, both fully functional on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Mac devices, with a complete set of racing cars with a breathing controller that provides a competitive breathing-racing experience for two players.
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What are Breathing Toys?
Breathing Toys are physical toys that run on breathing. First version of our Breathing Toys packages are Racing Cars (seen above).
So, first Games and now Toys?
Yes, Breathing Games have proven to be efficient in motivating kids in doing the exercises and they provide a visual feedback that allows kids to track their results and commit to their improvement. Breathing Toys bring this visual feedback into the real physical environment making the breathing exercise experience even more natural and real.
What inspired you to create Breathing Toys?
Parents of kids who use our products did. So many times we heard how great our idea is, but that those parents felt uneasy encouraging their kids to use computers and smartphones even more as they already do. Moving breathing interaction from digital into the physical felt like a step backwards back then, but now it appears it was a step in the right direction.
What age group are Breathing Toys designated towards?
Breathing games and toys are officially suited for age 7+ years. We have great results with 5+ years old users though. The problems with users aged under 5 years are 1) headset being too large (kids need to hold it in place), 2) their exhalation being too short and thus some games are being less enjoyable. We suggest: measure your kids exhalation through pursed lips (like blowing a candle). If it is above 3sec, then they can start breathing games, if below 3s it may just make them frustrated. Please understand that officially breathing games/toys are designed for kids at or above 7 years of age.
Do Breathing Toys require a smartphone/tablet to operate?
No, two headsets connect to a breathing controller, which connects to a race board with two racing cars. Because toys are connected to electrical outlets that may possibly be damaged or wired incorrectly, we have made sure that safety of users is never compromised.
How is electrical safety assured in Breathing Toys?
When using Breathing Toys a user is never connected to high voltage even if both systems (installed 230 V electrical wiring and breathing toy) would fail simultaneously. We have achieved such a reliable separation by using double step galvanic isolation that is standard safety procedure in home electronics industry today.
What do health professionals think of your products?
Health professionals recommend our products mainly to people with breathing difficulties or stress related disorders. Our products are based on a breathing technique Pursed Lip Breathing that is being recommended by most asthma, COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation organisations worldwide.
- Common causes of Pursed-lip breathing - RightDiagnosis.comThis information shows the various causes of Pursed-lip breathing, and how common these diseases or conditions are in the general population. This is not a direct ...
- Breathing Techniques and Exercises for COPD | COPD FoundationHere are two breathing techniques and exercises that will help you get the air you need without working so hard to breathe.
- Pursed lip breathing - WikipediaPursed lip breathing (PLB) is a breathing technique that consists of exhaling through tightly pressed (pursed lips) and inhaling through the nose with the mouth closed.
- Pursed-Lip BreathingUse pursed-lip breathing to prevent shortness of breath when you do things such as exercising, climbing stairs, and bending or lifting.
"Keep using the pursed-lip breathing until the breathless feeling goes away. Rest In between breaths if you feel Dizzy. Give sips of room temperature water."
American Lung Association
“Pursed-lip breathing attempts to prolong active expiration through half-opened lips, thus helping to prevent airway collapse. Compared with spontaneous breathing, pursed-lip breathing reduces respiratory rate, dyspnea, and PaCO2, while improving tidal volume and oxygen saturation in resting conditions."
American Thoracic Society
"Pursed lip breathing is one of the simplest ways to control shortness of breath. It provides a quick and easy way to slow your pace of breathing, making each breath more effective."
“Inhaling through the nose and exhaling through pursed lips makes breathing easier. Pursed-lip breathing can also help you regain control if you’re having trouble catching your breath. You can practice breathing this way anytime, anywhere. If you’re watching TV, practice during the commercials. Try to practice several times a day. Over time, pursed-lip breathing will feel natural.”
University of Minnesota Medical Center
“Pursed lip breathing helps you use less energy to breathe. It can help you relax. When you are short of breath, it helps you slow the pace of your breathing and can help you feel less short of breath."
University of Iowa Children's Hospital