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At Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, there will be no more toys for children in the waiting room. A new pressure-sensitive floor, ScreenPlay!, has been developed by a multidisciplinary team. Led by Dr. Elaine Biddis, a scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute and professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, the installation will bring in a “one-of-a-kind collaborative project with strong potential to enhance the client and family experience” in the waiting room at the hospital.

ScreenPlay! is a large projection wall that guests interact with through a pressure-sensitive floor. Biddis explains: “Kids can step or wheel across the tiles – on foot or with their mobility devices – to generate, grow and shift colourful images on-screen.”

ScreenPlay! is collaborative on multiple levels. Engineers and students from the Ontario College of Art and Design worked with the scientists to create this interactive floor so that those of all ages and abilities may have a fun waiting experience. Many can use this at once, which encourages collaborative learning.

Students from the Ontario College of Art and Design, as well as engineers, worked with scientists to create the interactive floor. People of all ages and abilities can use ScreenPlay! at the same time, encouraging collaborative learning and positive social behaviour.

These kinds of projects demonstrate how people from all different backgrounds can come together and produce something unique, unusual and creative for those of any age and ability. Here at Snug Vest, we know how important the collaborative process is: our product is a work of both art and engineering too.  Our goal with designing the Snug Vest, similar to those who developed ScreenPlay!, is to enable children to participate in life more fully.

Watch the video on ScreenPlay! 

This project was launched in May 2012.

Written by Snug Vest — May 12, 2013

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