Overview

Children have a phobia of new environments, and this is especially true when they visit the hospital or the operation theater. Often, due to the strange environment that they are exposed to, they become extremely afraid, cry incessantly and are unable to cooperate for anesthesia.

In order to minimize the trauma experienced by pediatric patients pre-op, we decided to explore the use of distraction therapy to reduce preoperative anxiety and separation anxiety.

Play Comes Naturally To Children

And

Is Often Their Favorite Activity.

Thus, in response to the challenge, we developed the Under The Sea! VR simulation mini-game, to help minimize the trauma experienced by the patients. Using a mobile VR headset and a microphone for sound capture, we produced a working prototype that responded to the respiration patterns of the children.

The harder the patient exhales, the more bubbles produced.

The increased in the bubble volume will attract more aquatic creatures into the child’s view, thus creating a relaxing and immersive experience.

Project

Under The Sea! for Pediatric Anesthesia

Collaborators

NUH Pediatric Anesthesia Team

What We Did

UI/UX Design, VR Development, Hardware Prototyping

Awards
  • Singapore HIT Challenge 2017 – 1st Prize
  • Global HIT Challenge 2017 – 1st Prize
External Link

Under The Sea! for Pediatric Anesthesia