New App Factory Release: Tummy Time Fun

The LiveWell RERC’s App Factory is proud to announce the release of Tummy Time Fun. Tummy Time Fun was developed by Richard Goldberg, a Research Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina.

Tummy Time Fun (TTF) is an iOS app that can be used to encourage children to spend more time in the prone position, improving postural control. During tummy-time sessions, a baby/child wears a small, lightweight electronic sensor between the shoulder blades, which measures the angle of the upper body relative to a horizontal, prone position. This sensor communicates wirelessly with the TTF app that is installed on a smartphone or tablet. When the child pushes up from prone so that the angle of his or her upper body is above a preset threshold level, the app activates music or video to motivate the child to remain in that position. For video feedback, the smartphone or tablet can be placed directly in front of the baby to be in the line of sight when he or she pushes up from prone.

Tummy Time Fun is available on the iOS App Store:

This website contains more information, including an instructional video:

The app is designed to work with a small external sensor that you clip on to the child's shirt. For purchase information, go to this link for the MetaMotionR: