The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, pays special attention to the experience of its young patients. After a $270 million renovation and expansion several years ago, the hospital features an interactive “Discovery Zone” aimed at easing the hospital stays of its youthful patients.

After chemicals titan DuPont — more fully, the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. — came to Nemours Children’s Health with a generous donation and a very specific challenge, the stage was set to bring a very special interactive digital signage experience to the hospital’s youthful patients.

According to pediatrician Dr. Neil Izenberg, the chief executive of the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, the donation and challenge was to “create something spectacular in this soaring new atrium that would bring joy to kids and a little fun and a big wow factor.”

The hospital’s “Discovery Zone” is a 50-foot-wide by 9-foot-high video wall featuring Microsoft Kinect gesture interaction technology that will allow up to 30 children (and adults) to interact with the on-screen landscape, flora and fauna.

“Actually we expect that, contrary to the usual feelings about a hospital, kids are going to really love being here,” Izenberg said in an interview with DigitalSignageToday.com. “And we just hope we can tear them away so they can go to their doctor’s appointments.”

The Discovery Zone was designed by Kinesis Studio of San Francisco, which creates large scale gestural technology experiences frequently deployed as entertainment and therapeutic stations in children’s hospitals. It comprises 45 model X464UN 46-inch displays from NEC Display Solutions of America.

“The Discovery Zone is a marriage of gesture technology, animation and creative story-telling, the biggest install of its kind in a hospital,” Kinesis CEO Greg Richey said in an announcement of the project.

“We are delighted to be a part of such a worthwhile initiative, especially one that will bring joy to children during their hospital stays,” an NEC spokeswoman said in the announcement. “This combination of video wall and gesture technology expands all our imaginations, and underscores the commitment that Nemours and Kinesis Studio have made to creating something spectacular.”

“NEC Display enters every project with the goal of helping customers achieve their objectives. The duPont initiative meets that threshold for success and more because of its goal of making kids’ hospital stays a little less frightening,” she said in a follow-up email with DigitalSignageToday.com. “Kids will explore new worlds and expand their imaginations in the Discovery Zone, and we commend the hospital for setting the bar high for nurturing the kids in its care.”

Watch a video about the Discovery Zone below:

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