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DREAMLAND – A journey against the pain of children receiving medical treatments

Oniric Interactive™ is video game company specializing in therapeutic games. It was founded in 2016 by the team behind Dreamland, the first therapeutic game using virtual reality tailored for the pediatric population.

The Dreamland project started with a special request by the CHU Sainte-Justine. Three students from the creation and new media program at UQAT were recruited to create a game using virtual reality to offer a potent distraction to children receiving painful treatments in the hospital setting.

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The parameters to conceive the game were based on an extensive literature review and all the evidence-based knowledge on the use of this technology in a clinical setting. The team of developers was supervised by David Paquin Ph. D, professor at UQAT and Dr Jean-Simon Fortin, emergency doctor at CHU Sainte-Justine et CHG. They were also counselled by Stéphane Bouchard, Ph. D. head of the Canada Research Chair in Clinical Cyberpsychology.

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After more than a year in the making, the first working prototype is now ready to be tested in a clinical trial at the CHU Sainte-Justine. The game is called Dreamland and is made for kids 7 years and older. The player boards an aircraft and navigate a floating kingdom among the clouds to help dragons rid the islands of invaders looking to eat the crystals that maintain the balance in the kingdom.

Using the knowledge acquired with Dreamland, a second title named Bubbles was created for the burnt victims at CHU Sainte-Justine. It was conceived by the same multidisciplinary team of expert and developers. Its meant for kids between 6 and 36 months and is played on a screen. This game offers a bright and colourful environment where le characters react to bubbles generated by the player. The first clinical trial using Bubbles will be in the hydrotherapy room at CHU Sainte-Justine where it will be used with a screen developed by the SAT. 

You can help this Project on Kickstarter Campaign : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1731267924/dreamland-a-journey-against-the-pain

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