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Game Helps Cancer-Stricken Children Play With Others During Isolation [Pics]

KonneKt is a game that allows children in isolation to interact and play through glass barriers.

Sara Roncero-Menendez
Sara Roncero-Menendez on January 23, 2014.

Hospital stays can be lonely and  frightening for young children, especially those with cancer who have to be kept in isolation for extended periods of time. KonneKt allows these kids to interact with others through the glass barriers, lessening the anxiety and loneliness of their treatment through play.

Developed by Dutch graduate student Job Jansweijer at the Delft University of Technology, the game set includes large foam cut outs with suction cups and magnets to help them stay up. Because the barrier is clear and the foam parts are brightly colored, it is see what a player on the other side is doing. The pieces allow for more traditional games, such as tic-tac-toe and chess, or for children to create their own.

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Jansweijer developed the idea after his initial research into the needs of children with cancer. He found that not only was isolation a common occurrence for those kids undergoing cancer treatment but the lack of social interaction was damaging to their development.

KonneKt has since been prototyped and tested in several different hospitals throughout the Netherlands, with promising results. Large scale production of the game is on its way for hospitals world-wide. The game has also been nominated for the 2014 Interaction Awards and at the time of writing has over a thousand votes.

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Source, Images: The Method Case

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