Jerry the Bear
Jerry the Bear is a robotic teddy bear that ‘has’ diabetes.
Created specifically for children living with type 1 diabetes, Jerry helps them not only learn about the procedures that are performed on them daily but empowers them to understand the importance of symptom-checking and self-care. The concept of Jerry the Bear was inspired by the teddy bears children often receive after being diagnosed with diabetes. Creators Aaron Horowitz and Hanna Chung believed conveying information through the bear would be a great way to help children learn about their illness as they become the bear’s caretaker. Caring duties include checking Jerry’s paw for a blood glucose level and administering an ‘insulin shot’ to any one of the bear’s five ports. Jerry also comes with a ‘food pack’ of simple foods, like an apple or cheese, which a child can ‘feed’ to the bear when he has low blood sugar. Jerry the Bear is currently in beta-testing with plans to release to the public in time for World Diabetes Day in 2013.