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Break Out: Airflow converted into visual effects: Meet the Groovtube! – Rijndam Rehabilitation Institute

May 23, 17:30 - 18:00

“No other devices has helped me more to challenge a young child
to exhale as long as possible.”

The GroovTube is a unique device which makes breathing and oral motor skills visible and analyzable in a fun way. It turns your breath into real-time image effects, for people with breathing, speech, or oral motor disabilities.

The GroovTube is a wireless device. To connect the GroovTube to your iPad, simply turn the device on, and it will connect to your iPad via Bluetooth. Its use is simple: inhale or exhale into the mouthpiece of the GroovTube, and airflow is recorded and converted into visual effects in an app specially developed for the purpose.


Ruud van der Wel – Respiratory Therapist – is the creator of the GroovTube. Ruud is working for more than 28 years at Rijndam Rehabilitation. Besides his work as a respiratory therapist, he is the founder of the foundation My Breath My Music. This foundation aims people with severe physical disabilities to have the opportunity to make music, including through self-developed electronic instruments.

Ruud is co-developer of a number of electronic musical instruments, including the Magic Flute, Magic Switch and Adremo Music Switch Set. The instruments are loaned to children throughout the Netherlands. The experience gained with the development of the electronic musical instruments has greatly contributed to developing the GroovTube.

The Foundation has a sister organization in the US since 2014, My Breath My Music USA. This foundation lends out musical instruments for just € 50 per year. For more information read further on www.mybreathmymusic.com.


May 23
17:30 - 18:00