There have been several news stories of children as young as 9 saving adults’ lives by administering CPR,yet more often than not children are not taught these vital skills until they are much older. The Teddy Bear consists of a soft switch in the bears chest to simulate CPR chest compressions. This comprisestwo layers of conductive fabric separated between a doughnut shaped layer of foam to ensure the conductive fabrics only touched when pressed. When the chest is compressed, an interrupt registers on the PICandthe rate at which the chest is pressed is displayed on the LCD screen. When the CPR routine is correctly completed, the LED heart ‘beats’ through pulse width modulation.
This toy could also encourage children to pursue careers in medicine or first response.