Chris Smith

Hospital Virtual Reality

A project we built in collaboration with Stanford CHARIOT in order to help kids in the operating room with pre-procedural anxiety and pain.


This is the first VR experience applying an interface that allows the caretaker to increase cognitive load just before an IV placement procedure in order to increase immersion and decrease pain/anxiety. Other innovations include a very simple setup allowing for quick use in the operating room and sound based notifications which allow the caretaker to know what the patient is doing in the experience.


This experience is currently in use at Stanford Children's Hospital and undergoing a clinical trial. We've heard from the hospital that many children don't even notice the needle placement and want to stay in the game longer. See the video posted below which was published by Stanford.

See the article published by Stanford Medicine here.

Currently, there is an IRB approved study in progress titled: Virtual reality based stress reduction techniques for vascular access



Project manager, co-developer, artist

Smiles and Spaceburgers - Stanford Children's Health