Virtual Reality in Health Care

Virtual Reality in Health Care


Mar 12th, 2017

Robert Strouse and his team at Nationwide Children's Hospital set out to create a truly unique and engaging experience for their patience to help with pain management and comfort. Voxel Bay is a virtual reality ecosystem aimed at engaging patients with a completely immersive experience to distract them during painful or intravenous medical procedures. Using targeted games and experiences to provide unique and fun interactions Voxel Bay is redefining the patient experience.

Clinical trials of their current virtual reality headset show that some children found them uncomfortable or intimidating. The team quickly went to work and designed a new headset that was both comfortable and inviting to a child. Once the new headset was designed and 3D printed, the Voxel Bay team reached the limit of their capabilities. "Casting complex shapes is an art form, and it became obvious that we were in over our heads. We wanted to complete our new headsets for a very aggressive deadline and needed help." The Voxel Bay team got connected with Chris Guska, an instructor in mold making and casting at the Idea Foundry. "Chris was generous with his time and attention and walked us through every decision – from materials to pigments to finishing techniques. I feel confident in saying that he easily cut out six months of frustrations and failures."

"The Columbus Idea Foundry has been an integral component to our team’s service offerings and success. The Idea Foundry has given us access to tools and fabrication methods that are not available within our institution. Idea Foundry has increased our team’s ability to conceive of, fabricate and deliver prototypes that our doctors, researchers and colleagues at Nationwide Children’s Hospital need." 

The casting project was a success. Voxel Bay is now showcasing their new fun, approachable and comfortable headset, as a finalist in Health and BioMed section of SXSW in Austin Texas. The platform is currently involved in a clinical trial at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is poised to impact the medical experience of pediatric patience across the world.