Living Lab projects SAT/Sainte-Justine on display

Two devices under development within the SAT/Sainte-Justine Living Lab will be presented during the royal visit on July 2nd at the CHU.

The SAT is proud to partner with the CHU Sainte-Justine, mother-children, of the University of Montreal, in the establishment of the first world living laboratory dedicated to the creation of advanced technological devices to a greater humanization of health care in hospitals.

Initiated in September 2010, this collaboration is the result of a desire between the SAT and Sainte-Justine to create a health model better suited to different needs for patients. A model in which the humanization of care involves the management of the patient and his family, as well as by improving the quality of life for professionals in the hospital. The development of new uses for digital, interactive and immersive arts are at the heart of the ways to achieve these goals.

The devices developed at the Living Lab want to promote :

  • The reduction of anxiety for the children : Creating new environment in the children’s room with projection technology in which the child interacts with an avatar of his choice;

  • Socialization : Telepresence stations that allows children to communicate with each other from distant hospitals;

  • The development of autonomy : Immersive gym that allow children to explore new types of games to develop motor skills and make physical activity despite their disabilities;

  • The expression of emotions : Creating artistic works using portable and adapted digital technologies.


During the visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton on July 2 at the university hospital, two devices under development will be presented as a demonstration :


Marionnect is a virtual experience developed by the Society for Arts and Technology’s research team and the CHU Ste-Justine that aims to create new therapeutic approaches by allowing a virtual context of interaction between the children and their therapists. An infrared camera captures the therapist’s body movements and transposes them onto an avatar (a virtual character) that can be selected according to the child’s liking, state of mind or objectives.

Marionnect’s applications are multiple, the device can be used for :

  • Behavioral desensitization;
  • Rehabilitation of motor skills;
  • Development of social skills;
  • Empowerment.

Design Team :

Original idea : Dr Patricia Garel and René Barsalo
Art Director : Monique Savoie
Design and Software Development : Michal Seta and Alexandre Quessy
Industrial Design : Sebastien Dallaire
Graphic Design : Allison Moore


Toonloop is a stop motion animation device created by Alexandre Quessy, artist-programmer and SAT Metalab’s Director of Software Development. The device allows children to quickly create animated sequences with the help of objects found in their surroundings. Using a digital camera, a small table and a computer, the use of Toonloop is simple and intuitive. Its size and ease of use make it a mobile and friendly tool for hospital environment.

Toonloop can allow children to: :

  • Socialize with other children;
  • Develop their autonomy and creativity;
  • Encourage the diversion of their attention;
  • Develop their motor skills.

Design Team :

Original Idea : Alexandre Quessy
Design and Software Development : Alexandre Quessy, Tristan Matthews and Vasilis Liaskovitis


Dr. Fabrice Brunet
Managing Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine

«We believe that the activities developed under the Living Lab will help create a revolution in how we approach the clinical relationship with the young patients. We are also very pleased to have a quality partner like the SAT in such a context. The enthusiasm of various departments of the CHU is simply overflowing and we hope that the Quebec experience will help to initiate a similar movement in the various children’s hospitals in the world.»

Monique Savoie
CEO, founder and artistic director of the SAT

«This initiative is part of a changing society that focuses more on the person behind the disease and seeks to improve the human experience behind the health care. This mutation is sitting on a new generation of youth born in a digital world, where they are now developing as human beings and they will be tomorrow’s builders.The deep introspection induced by digital uses, particularly the Arts and Technology, also shapes the transformation.»

Patrick Dubé
Coordinator of the Living Lab SAT/Sainte-Justine

«*The Living Lab approach is particularly suited to the problem of humanization of care because the user is at the center and actively contributes to the development of innovation that is created, the spark of the idea to implantation of devices! *»

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