Visits ‘virtually painless’
virtual reality experiences.
Aleisha Staples, a VR producer for Staples Productions, said the rooms the child saw in the VR headset were exactly the same rooms in the hospital. ‘‘They’re calmer, because they’ve been there before,’’ when it comes to the real deal, she said.
Only the robots were animated and put into the real world - everything else the child saw was exactly as it would be during their procedure, Staples said, right down to the stickers that cover the MRI machine.
Staples VR game developer Krystal Thompson said they were given access to areas of the hospital that were rarely captured to ensure the details were right.
‘‘Having cinematographers, game developers and hospital staff on set together capturing the room effectively allowed us to not only re-create the room, but also we had the ability to include the finer sentimental details, like posters on the walls and toys on the shelves.’’
The virtual reality rooms would be viewed through an HTC Vive headset for non-acute patients, and a Samsung Gear set for acute patients.
Would you believe this CT scan room at Starship Hospital is seen through a VR headset, and isn’t the real thing?