Hospital Sculpture Interacts With Human Heartbeats

Hospital Sculpture Interacts With Human Heartbeats
Arts & Culture

The artwork at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital uses digital lighting, medical monitoring equipment and control devices.

Emma Hutchings
  • 16 may 2012

This interactive artwork by Andrew Small and Steven Almond was commissioned for the Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital in the UK. The sculpture uses digital lighting, medical monitoring equipment and control devices, and it becomes a heart rate monitor when people interact with it.

At rest, the artwork ‘breathes’ in waves of blue light at the average human breath rate. When a person interacts with it by holding the grips, it takes and projects their heart rate in pulses of red light. Infrared sensors around the sculpture create different color and sequence patterns when their beams are broken, and the sculpture also becomes a clock for five minutes on the hour. Click through to see pictures of the project design and the interactive artwork, and watch the video below to see it in action:

Andrew Small

+Electronics & Gadgets
+fashion / apparel
+heart rate monitor

More in Health


Smart Bandage Will Apply Wound Medication For You

Researchers have developed the smart bandage to automatically analyze and administer care to a wound

19 October 2017

Hearing Aids Reinvented To Make Them More Wearable For All

Eargo believes a redesign can make an unpopular product into something desirable

18 October 2017

The Latest


To move beyond novelty activations and one-time gimmicks, PSFK equips marketers with the insights, templates and analytics to develop high-reach campaigns that meet consumers in the moment, collect and build upon experiential data, and build scale through content creation.

October 18, 2017

A talk from Scott Bedbury at PSFK 2017 stresses the importance of transparency in a country that has fallen prey to “alternative facts”

September 27, 2017
No search results found.