Wait-Play-Learn Interactive Games
Kid-Friendly & Accessible
Usability was a prime concern for Wait-Play-Learn: since the interactives are in a medical setting for children, we needed to design them to be kid friendly, and accessible to children with physical and mental disabilities. We conducted several rounds of user testing with children ages 6 to 14 where we were able to test range of motion, mobility, learnability, and of course, fun. One participant, Alexa, tested the games during her physical therapy—she was shy, quiet, and unable to walk by herself. At the end of the testing session, her mood improved and she felt confident enough to show us that she could walk by herself (to her grandmother’s delight).
We had our challenges. The technology is new and not well-documented, which led us to develop many of the required features from scratch, and in a very short timeframe, with less than three months to design, develop and install the first two interactives. The weekend of the installation, our team was at CHOP for over 12 hours. But we’re not complaining: our end result was the creation of several fun and motivational games that get kids moving and learning.
Learning & Sharing
Since we learned so much on this project, we documented our development process to share via our blog and code samples in our open source repository. And since we had so much fun, we made several games reusable, with the hope of implementing them in other spaces in the future.