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Herzkinder Circus VR App

Herzkinder Circus VR App

About the initiative

Children who are born with a heart defect have to undergo serious medical treatment and often spend a large part of their childhood in and around hospitals. How can we lighten their lives and make sure they remain active with the use of digital technology? IQ mobile in Austria showed us how…

Worldwide there are 1.4m children born with a serious heart defect. Cardiovascular diseases overall, whether genetic or developed over time, accounted for nearly 43% of all premature deaths around the world in 2016. As such, they are a key part the SDG 3 Good health and well-being in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Specialist mobile agency IQ mobile, based in Vienna, wanted to help the 4,000 young children in Austria that are suffering from heart conditions. Together with their charity partner Herzkinder Österreich they developed an app that could entertain the children while they recover from their surgery in Teddy House. A visit to the circus to see daring acrobatics is a welcome diversion during a hospital stay. Tapping into the many possibilities offered by IQ mobile's technologies, the app makes such a visit to the circus possible – thanks to 360° video and virtual reality.

In collaboration with the incredible team at "Circus Roncalli", IQ mobile developed the "Teddy's VR Show" app. This will conjure up three circus artists for kids to view from all angles by means of 360° videos. These can be viewed with or without virtual reality (VR) glasses. Using an app and a code, the children become part of the circus audience and begin a magical circus adventure. The user selects a video, which offers two perspectives. The colourful spectacle can then be viewed as either 360° video or in VR mode (with VR glasses).