A visit to the hospital can elicit all kinds of emotions in children. It's normal for them to feel anxious or confused about their diagnosis and treatment, scared about not getting better or even just plain excited to see a favorite nurse, doctor or clinician. What's unusual for any child who walks through hospital doors is to feel a sense of control. Boston Children’s Interactive Media Wall, part of its lobby renovation, is designed to put some power back in the hands of children. The system is a 20-foot tall media screen that looks something like a gigantic, curved iPad hovering in the middle of the redesigned lobby.
The high-tech wall uses motion sensors and optical cameras in concert with computer programs to generate a digitized 3D model of each guest and allows them to interact with one of nine scenes (a garden, a beach and the starry night sky, musical instrument, painting scene, etc.) and others around them.
East African Crowned Crane
Superb Bird of Paradise
Drawing inspiration from nature, the Musical Birds and Biomes scenes bring a diversity of wildlife to Boston Children’s Hospital’s interactive media wall. Both scenes allow visitors to interact with the characters on screen, triggering comedic and unique animations as users’ bodies act as a cursor for the action.
Musical Birds features birds of all shapes and sizes sitting atop wires. As visitors stop in front of the birds, the characters move from idle positions and begin to fly, caw, among other animations. Biomes has a similar concept behind it, a “sleepy” scene that “wakes up” as children can walk up to the scene and interact with animals known to be miles away. This scene features environments from various parts of the earth and brings them together to weave a memorable interactive experience. Scroll to see more of the character designs and animations I contributed to the project. This includes the flight, hop, preening, and swimming of these animals.