CiiPR: How a Wiimote can save a life

wiimote_cprI’m sure that anyone who has learned CPR knows who ResusciAnne is. Just hearing that name flashes me back to high school health class, where I had to put my mouth on some plastic girl’s bleach-flavored lips.

It would appear that someone is giving traditional CPR training a makeover with the addition of a PC application and Wiimote. So when you push on ResusciAnne’s chest, the motion controlled joystick interprets it as correct or incorrect chest compressions.

This is currently a concept technology that has been under development by the University of Alabama at Birmingham since the beginning of this year. A working prototype was created last Spring, and the American Heart Association has pledged $50,000 in grant money for this effort. The Wii CPR software could be available for download as early as this Fall. It would be an open source code so the user can program it to their own specifications.

I’m not certain if users will have to pay for this, but they might have to pay for a broken Wiimote or two. I mean, look at the picture, the lady is crushing it! Well, I hope this technology for CiiPR works, as it sounds like a Rejected Wii Play Game, like the one in this attached video.