Immersive new play space lets SickKids patients explore, connect and create with Samsung technology
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. today unveiled the Samsung Space at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), part of its ongoing, multi-year partnership with SickKids that includes making a $1 million-dollar donation to Canada's most research-intensive hospital that is the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country. Located on the 9th floor of the hospital, the Samsung Space is an interactive digital environment that will provide a variety of immersive experiences through the Samsung connected ecosystem, bringing visitors closer to what matters to them—whether it's #MissingHome, their family, friends or even their favourite room.
The Samsung Space vision was brought to life by Samsung and the SickKids` Child Life support team. Open six days a week to in-patients at SickKids, children and families are now able to be together in a healing and relaxing environment away from the clinical areas, letting families enjoy time together doing what families usually do – watching TV, playing games, or simply spending time together. The Space also intends to provide a sense of normalcy to patients and families going through a difficult illness or treatment.
"We continue to be inspired by the courageous young patients at SickKids. As part of our continued, meaningful partnership with SickKids, we hope this new Samsung Space can make a difference by providing fun experiences that allow children to be children and help bring them closer to the people, places and moments they miss most," said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada.
"We are grateful to Samsung Canada for their generous gift which allowed us to transform the space physically as well as hire staff dedicated to developing programming and managing the Space," says Karima Karmali, Director, Centre for Innovation & Excellence in Child and Family-Centred Care, SickKids. "We believe in the value of play in our commitment to children's health and development, and know this inviting, innovative space will help our patients in their healing."
Innovative technology in the Samsung Space includes:
- a 75" SUHD Samsung television, with stunning, immersive picture quality to make family movie nights extra special
- a variety of Samsung GearVR virtual reality headsets, inviting visitors to explore their imagination and immerse themselves in the Moon, Mars, or places outside our Galaxy
- a Samsung Synced Interactive Table, allowing visitors to go 'hands-on' with their favourite apps or games
- Samsung Gear360 cameras, Samsung Galaxy View and Galaxy Tab E devices
The Samsung Space is a demonstration of the Samsung global philanthropic Hope for Children program, and joins other partnership initiatives at the hospital. These include bringing 21st century learning tools and Samsung tablets to the students at SickKids` Epilepsy Classroom, SickKids' onsite Samsung laundry pairs that bring the comforts and convenience of home to more families and Samsung employee volunteers. The Samsung Space is the latest example of this continued commitment and meaningful partnership in action.
About Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2016, Samsung was ranked in the top 10 most reputable brands in Canada, based on a study by Leger. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning Hope for Children corporate giving initiatives supports public education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
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