The Public University of Navarra (UPN) has developed a Virtual Reality experience with the support of Innoarea Projects, to entertain patients while they are being operated on.
This application is mainly focused on children in situations such as drawing blood or injecting vaccines and combines the use of new technology with entertainment for this audience profile.
For the development of this project, firstly, researchers from the Public University of Navarra detected that there is a large number of children who suffer when they have to face medical interventions with needles.
Then they thought about Virtual Reality as a tool to help the youngest ones don’t suffer in situations like these.
The main objective of the application is to immerse children (from 2 to 15 years old) in a virtual world full of colour and with different settings where they can have fun.
The experience is based on a series of mini-games in which the user has to complete puzzles and interact with different animals, allowing the children to have fun and not be annoyed by the presence of needles or doctors around them.
In the Virtual Reality experience we find four different environments related to the seasons of the year and each one of them suggests an activity for the children to enjoy just by moving the hand that the nurse is not using through a Virtual Reality control.
Thanks to this pilot project and the collaboration of researchers, it has been possible to see how Virtual Reality technology is playing an increasingly important role in the field of healthcare.
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