Hikaru Imamura: Novel Hospital Toys
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Hikaru Imamura has created Novel Hospital Toys – a collection of children’s toys that help explain confusing, often intimidating hospital procedures. The toys work to familiarise children with medical machinery and related processes.
The minimal, light-wood toys incorporate sounds and lights that mimic those used in the actual hospital procedure. To date, the collection includes a CT scanner, X-ray machine, echocardiograph and electrocardiograph. The toys are accompanied by a collection of explanatory picture books.
“Examinations and operations are a cause of anxiety and fear in the little patients, and these feelings can be relieved by informing them of what to expect during their visit,” Imamura explains on his website. “[The child’s] understanding will greatly help the hospital staff in performing medical examinations smoothly in children.”