Music tech lights up lives of sick children

Brian House have been donated new equipment for children to play with.  Pictured is nurse Janet Miller with Owen Probert, aged 3.
Brian House have been donated new equipment for children to play with. Pictured is nurse Janet Miller with Owen Probert, aged 3.
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Children at a Blackpool hospice are beaming with pleasure thanks to the donation of a pioneering new music system.

Children’s charity Lifelites donated the Beamz laser machine to terminally ill youngsters at Brian House in Bispham as part of a technology package specially designed for people with disabilities.

The unique machine allows children to experience the joy of music by running their hands through laser beams to create musical sounds from pop and rock to classical jazz and blues.

The software can even be used by children who cannot move their bodies thanks to advanced eye-tracking technology that allows them to control the laser beams simply by looking.

Lifelites also donated touchscreen computers, assistive mice, a Makey Makey invention kit, specialist iPads, cameras and a printer to the hospice.

Sister Carol Wylde, of Brian House, said: “Lifelites have been so supportive of Brian House over the years and this new generation of equipment will make a big difference to our children and young people. Being able to express themselves using this technology will give them a real sense of achievement - and a lot of fun.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, chief executive of Lifelites charity, said: “We’re so pleased to turn our technological expertise to providing these children with new opportunities.

“What’s really important is that we’re giving the children the chance the smile and there is nothing more powerful than that.”