The Starlight Children’s Foundation Partners with Disney and Google to bring VR to Children in Hospitals

Los Angeles-based Starlight Children’s Foundation announced the launch of Starlight Xperience virtual reality, a technology program meant to entertain millions of hospitalized children.

The Starlight Xperience, built for the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, features a hospital-ready headset “pre-loaded with age-appropriate and dynamic content geared toward entertainment and distraction for hospitalized kids”, an organization statement reads.

The content includes educational field trips through Google Expeditions and Street View, interactive stories like Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay by ILMxLAB, meditation exercises, and therapeutic games such as Relax VR.

“We believe Starlight Xperience has the potential to transform the hospital experience for millions of seriously ill children and their families,” Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said.

The program, created in collaboration with the charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company, Star Wars: Force for Change, will be provided at no cost to Starlight’s network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health care facilities across the US.

“At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, virtual reality has been a fantastic addition for our patients,” Chantel Barney, Ph.D., clinical scientist who leads Gillette’s VR program, said. “In some instances, we’ve been able to curb the anxiety and fears our kids typically experience during procedures such as blood draws, transfusions, wound cleanings, casting and more. It’s a wonderful distraction for kids and parents alike.”

Click here to support the Starlight Xperience initiative.


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