Arctic Escape

The Sheffield's Children's Hospital, Artfelt

Distraction therapy adventure app. Using the magic of Augmented Reality to transport children with burn injuries to the Arctic

Winner of 'Best App Design' — The Design Week Awards 2020

Torrent combines live performance with motion capture and real-time games engine technology to vividly bring to life Eckermann’s poem which reflects the pain of separation, the healing power of water, and the search for self in the South Australian desert.

Using Augmented Reality (AR), we transformed the treatment room into an interactive arctic wonderland.

The game can only be played from the treatment bed which turns into a floating raft surrounded by water allowing the nurses to easily administer treatment.

We developed a sandbox style gameplay that is fun, intuitive and can sustain long periods of engagement with no definitive end goal for a therapeutic form of distraction.

During their journey, children can feed the penguins, play rings with the octopus and even make the seagulls poop!

Distraction Therapy
Sheffield Children's Hospital
Project Team
Ben Carlin
Arthur Tubbs
Martin Alcock
John Ingle
Pitstop Productions
The University of Sheffiled AdAM