One of the nation’s top children’s hospitals now offers state-of-the-art interactive experiences for its patients. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s new 96,000 SF facility includes three floors of patient treatment spaces filled with engaging technologies to create an inviting and unique healing environment.
Entering a hospital can be incredibly stressful for both parent and child.
As visitors enter each floor, they are greeted with an interactive Journey Wall. Each floor has a specific theme: Nature’s Orchestra, Discover the Sea, or Explore Space. As kids and their families pass in front of these magical walls, pixels light up and change according to their movement, and immersive sound effects fill the area. The walls literally come alive with sight and sound, helping to quell whatever fears may be present. On each of the three floors, two Discovery Walls feature touch-screen-enabled, age-appropriate interaction with the theme’s educational focus, while two more high-tech LCD video walls offer gestural-based games on each floor, all integrated into that floor’s theme. Teen and Pre-teen rooms accommodate video game play, movies and television as well as web-based video calls. Each space features a large wall-mounted 4K resolution flat panel display with surround sound.
The Imagine Room’s audiovisual systems encourage patients to get out of their rooms and become absorbed in an immersive video experience. Through a gestural interface, children engage in imaginative simulation games such as flying through the jungle or traveling through outer space, and other custom-created content. Each of these distinct experiences deftly walks a fine line between controlling the game through fine motor skills and general body movement, allowing children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to interact with the wall to the best of their abilities. Patients unable to leave their rooms can experience activities within the Imagine Room via a camera feed encoded onto the building’s cable TV distribution system. The system even allows for simultaneous use of multiple input devices on the front wall, and includes a surround sound audio system. These ingenious yet cost-effective solutions deliver an environment where patients can play games, video chat, and spend time with friends and family. And maybe even contribute to their recovery.