The children’s cancer clinic Alex’s Place at The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health Systems have used Kinect to help children during their cancer treatments.

To find out more just watch the video above and go to the MSDN Kinect For Windows Blog source link, here’s an excerpt from that blog:

A unique clinic for treating children with cancer and blood disorders, alex’s place is designed to be a warm, open, communal space. The center—which is located in Miami, Florida—helps put its patients at ease by engaging them with interactive screens that allow them to be transported into different environments—where they become a friendly teddy bear, frog, or robot and control their character’s movements in real time.

“As soon as they walk in, technology is embracing them,” said Dr. Julio Barredo, chief of pediatric services at alex’s place in The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health Systems.

The clinic—which opened its doors in May 2012—was conceived of and designed with this in mind, and the Kinect for Windows digital experience was part of the vision from day one. Created by Snibbe Interactive, Character Mirror was designed to fit naturally within this innovative, unconventional treatment environment. The goal is to help reinforce patients’ mind-body connection with engaging play and entertainment, as well as to potentially reduce their fear of technology and the treatments they face. As an added benefit, nurses can observe a child’s natural range of movement during play and more easily draw out answers to key diagnostic questions.


Here’s more info about Alex’s Place:

Alex’s Place at Sylvester

Our youngest patients receive outpatient care in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, Alex’s Place at Sylvester. The 3,200-square-foot pediatric hematology-oncology clinic was made possible thanks to a generous donation by businessman and philanthropist Alexander Daly. More than simply a treatment site for children with cancer and blood diseases, Alex’s Place is a space designed to empower our young patients and support their families. Each chemotherapy bay will be equipped with its own flat screen monitor to watch videos or to use as a computer. The ceilings in each exam room include soothing images and kid-friendly colors and themes. The common areas of Alex’s Place are designed to be interactive with fun games and activities for children and their families. Other highlights include an onsite classroom where patients can keep up with their schoolwork and a tranquility garden for peaceful reflection and enjoyment outdoors.



You can see more of Snibbe Interactive‘s work with Kinect in the following video:


Source: MSDN Kinect For Windows Blog, Kinect For Windows' YouTube Channel, The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Snibbe Interactive's YouTube Channel
Thanks to 123KINECT visitor Yaniv Cogan for submitting this news!