A HARTLEPOOL firm is helping patients and visitors of the world-famous Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital to find their way around after developing new 3D technology.
Whizzbang 3D Productions, in Brougham Terrace, have created the only computer software system in the world that uses photorealistic virtual computer model of the hospital.
Hartlepool-based computer boffins have also created an interactive character of Peter Pan showing children the way.
It means visitors to the hospital, which is undergoing some major building work, can easily navigate their way through its numerous wards and departments.
Tim Dear, director of Whizzbang 3D Production, said: “Great Ormond Street approached us because they were looking at significant redevelopment over the next 10 years.
“It is the only system in the world that shows the way in a photorealistic journey from where you are to the department or ward you want to get to.”
The only system in the world that shows the way in a photorealistic journeyTim Dear - Whizzbang 3D Productions
Whizzbang have used the software in working with several other hospitals including James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough; The RVI and Freemans, in Newcastle; and Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
But the system being installed at Great Ormond Street will be Whizzbang’s most up to date and advanced.
As well as creating the character of Peter Pan, who Great Ormond Street has the rights to, they have also been able to feature detailed readable signs within the 3D computer models for the first time.
People will use the software at a number of kiosks dotted throughout Great Ormond Street.
And the software can also be accessed via the internet by hospital staff to navigate their way around.
Tim added: “It means the staff are also well orientated and don’t get caught out by the department changes and construction work happening.
“It can be confusing for anybody not just the patients.
“They have been a really good team to work with and have really helped us evolve the range of features the product has.”
Whizzbang is also working with the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for a design review of the cardiology department.
Tim added: “Our system is also useful when visualising and reviewing medical departments during the design stage.
“From this study we could see where our software tools could benefit the design process and how the patient journey through departments could be tested before construction.” Whizzbang also design unique 3D special effects for pantomimes and the Horrible Histories stage shows which go all over the world.