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The ‘Gromit Unleashed 2 VR Experience’

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Thanks to Virtual Reality, patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital were transported into the world of Gromit Unleashed 2!

Bristol Children’s Hospital and the patients it cares for each year are at the heart of absolutely everything we do. Over the summer, hundreds of thousands from across the UK and beyond hit the trail in search of the 67 Gromit, Wallace and Feathers McGraw sculptures stationed throughout the city, whilst raising millions for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

While some patients and their families were able to go out and about for some sculpture spotting, other patients with complex needs or those undergoing intense treatment were unable to leave the hospital. What better way to harness the power of virtual reality than to bring the trail directly to those young patients who are too poorly to leave their bed or ward?

We teamed up with University of Bristol, to launch a virtual reality experience within the hospital, giving these patients the chance to get up close and personal with the colourful Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures. Creating an immersive and interactive experience for these young patients can not only impact their wellbeing, but also their rehabilitation and recovery in hospital. This project is just one of the activities we organised for patients throughout the trail, bringing the Gromit Unleashed 2 fun into the hospital.

VR Project

The ‘Gromit Unleashed 2 VR Experience’ was developed with the help of the Bristol Interaction Group at the University of Bristol and Large Visible Machine, an independent mobile platforms game studio. The University generously donated over 200 sets of Google Cardboard and two Google Pixel phones for patients without access to a smartphone and we really can’t thank them enough for all their support in helping us bring this unique project alive!

“As a PhD student, it can be hard to see where academia and the real world intersect but this project has shown the difference our work can make and the huge benefits technology can bring”

Gareth Barnaby

University of Bristol PhD student