Training Device to Counter Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

About Breaze

Breaze is used to treat a sleep-related respiratory disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS). Normally during sleep the muscles tend to relax, but if they relax excessively, the tongue falls back, closing the airways and interrupting sleep.
Until now the first treatment approach for this disorder was the CPAP mask. However, it’s uncomfortable, which is why 30 to 40 % of the patients are unhappy and interrupt their therapy. If it’s not well accepted by users and there are alternative therapies, why is this therapy still the most used treatment after so much innovation and technology development?
Breaze focuses on a study carried out by researchers of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The aim of Breaze is to treat OSAS in an alternative way, by permanently strengthening various muscles (e.g. tongue, palate and throat) with exercises from the field of speech therapy, so that absolute muscle relaxation is prevented.
Breaze consists of a training device and an app. With the device, the previously mentioned muscles are strengthened with predefined exercises. The app visualizes the instructions and evaluates execution of the exercises, giving the user feedback. At the end of each workout, the user's performance is saved and the app adjusts the training individually for the next session. The CPAP mask only addresses the SYMPTOMS of OSAS, “inflating" the airways to keep them open but not controlling the real problem The added value of Breaze over other therapies is that, in strengthening mouth and throat muscles, it actually fights the CAUSES of OSAS.


Andrea Alvarez Botero

Since 2016 M.A. Studies at Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Industrial Design Department (Medical Design), Kiel, Germany
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2011 - 2015 B.A. Studies at Hannover Hochschule, Product Design Department, Hannover, Germany
2013 Exchange year at Politecnico di Milano, Product Design Department, Milan, Italy
2014 - 2015 Internship at B / S / H, Bosch Design Department, Munich, Germany
2015 - 2016 Internship at Studiofucs, Design Department, Hamburg, Germany
Since 2016 M.A. Studies at Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Industrial Design Department (Medical Design), Kiel, Germany
2017 - 2018 Internship at Design3, Design Department, Hamburg, Germany

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