Spellbound Creates Augmented Reality Scavenger Game For Pediatric Patients
By Laura Cowan
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Augmented reality startup Spellbound AR, known for its augmented reality games to distract pediatric patients from hospital procedures, has created a new scavenger hunt game called ARISE, to make hospital stays less intimidating for children.
ARISE is an AR game that only requires an app and vinyl wall stickers to allow patients to search their hospital room for 3D AR items. Spellbound's tech is designed to help younger patients relax and can help reduce pain, procedure times, and patient anxiety. Some Spellbound technology is educational, such as the company's newer programs that help patients understand the procedures they're about to go through, including MRIs. ARISE is unique in its flexibility, as the stickers can be placed anywhere to create a fun scavenger hunt experience for kids.
When we spoke with J. J. Bouchard, patient technology coordinator at the University of Michigan for a piece in the Ann Arbor Observer on Spellbound's first AR tech in 2018, Bouchard mentioned that his goal was to eventually create an entire experience for pediatric patients that turned their hospital room into an AR adventure or a gaming screen they could interact with. With ARISE, Spellbound has made that goal possible.
To learn more about the application of Spellbound's technology, check out the Spellbound blog.
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