London, September 9 : Aussie researchers have developed an interactive "toy" that diverts kids' attention from pain when their dressings are changed.
Ditto's designers at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane describe it as a circular touch-screen unit that uses motion sensors and vibration feedback to maximises sensory distraction when children's dressings are changed. A child tilts the gadget to navigate through a story or game as they search for hidden objects along the way.
He/she can even look underneath things by tipping the Ditto upside-down.
"They get really engrossed, rotating the device and zooming in and out," New Scientist magazine quoted project leader Sam Bucolo as saying.