Artful app to ease kids’ pain

The goal of the app is for children to maintain a lower, steady heart rate. Children are rewarded with sounds and visuals that respond to decreases in heart rate over different periods of time — changes that they can influence with their breathing and longer-term changes that require relaxation.

George Khut, a doctor of creative arts, is the artist and interaction designer who developed the app’s artwork.

He said the program combines distraction methods with principles of biofeedback relaxation training, and utilises geometric visualisations commonly used to help focus attention during meditation.