Location: United States
Litesprite is a mobile game that uses a digital animal, Socks the Fox, to work through a series of minigames. Each minigame is designed to improve an aspect of wellbeing, and the game includes various activities to aid in relaxation.
Accessibility to healthcare has a number of barriers, and the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the pressure on many healthcare systems around the world. Digital healthcare solutions, such as telemedicine, are flourishing as tech companies ramp up the creation of new solutions to meet people’s healthcare needs.
Gamification is one method rising in popularity. Gamification is the practice of taking something that usually doesn’t have game-play elements, like healthcare, and incorporating key aspects of its design as core features. KeepAppy is one example; users care for their digital dog by meeting healthcare goals.
LiteSprite, a Seattle-based startup founded in 2013, helps people with chronic health conditions manage their health. The game connects patients with their healthcare providers who can check-in to see how the patient is doing and gather helpful information about their progress. However, people are also free to use the mobile app without going through a doctor.
The game uses Socks the Fox to help keep users engaged with the program. Socks wishes to become a Zen Master. Users can explore the in-game world with Socks while encountering different minigames designed to aid with physical exercise, breathing exercises, meditation, and more. Users can journal in the app, and Socks will help them work through their struggles with visualisation exercises.
Currently, the app is available for $14.99 a month and can be purchased directly through the App Store and Google Play.