The Cure for the Common Cut
UCF students' augmented reality app wins first place at Health Game Jam.
Ask young kids what it’s like to get a shot or go to the doctor, and you’re likely to get some frowns. Two students in the interactive entertainment master’s program at UCF, Christine Wright and James Gaiser, wanted to change that.
Their invention, “Boo Boo Snap” is a prototype for an app on your smartphone that projects 3-D images, talking characters and medical advice onto regular bandages. Their idea was developed April 13-14 at the inaugural MeGa Health Jam, where it was awarded “First Place” by a panel of medical experts and game developers.
The app was chosen from 17 projects created at the local event, which gave professional and amateur game developers 48 hours to prototype a game, technology or app to be used in healthcare. As part of their winnings, the team won free booth space at future local tech events, legal and medical consulting services and access to office space.
“The judges loved it because it’s hi-tech but also really low-tech with the Band-Aids,” Gaiser says. “And one of the most common causes of infection in hospitals is improper changing of bandages.”
“When I thought of the concept I was only hoping to make something my niece would go crazy over,” Wright says. “But as the game jam progressed, we spoke to medical specialists who told us that this idea could improve health care across all ages. That inspired us to develop ‘Boo Boo Snap’ into something that improves the health care industry.”
MeGa Health Jam’s goal was to unite the central Florida medical community with the video game community to help solve some of health care’s most urgent problems.
Gaiser and Wright might have done that as well as make some kids smile.