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American Heart Association - Augmented Reality CPR Trainer

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person suffers cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR. However, training the public in CPR has historically had many challenges, including time, access to training, financial barriers, and the motivation to learn.

To address this, the American Heart Association (AHA) created Hands-Only CPR guidelines to make performing this life-saving act simpler.

To help train people on Hands-Only CPR, they partnered with Level Ex to design an augmented reality (AR) game for the My Cardiac Coach app which teaches players how to deliver compressions at the correct rate and depth.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The augmented reality experience was developed by Level Ex, a medical technology company that creates video games for healthcare professionals using the state-of-the-art in visual effects and video game design methodologies.

“This endeavor underscores the AHA's commitment to innovation and collaboration with the technology industry to improve cardiovascular health and save lives. Augmented reality demonstrates the potential that emerging technologies have to fundamentally transform the delivery of heart health information to the public.”

Patrick Wayte - Senior Vice President, Center For Health Technology & Innovation
How we did it

How we did it

  • The augmented reality experience was developed in Unity by Level Ex as a fully-featured module on top of ARCore. Open Health Network, the developer of My Cardiac Coach, integrated the AR experience into the existing native mobile app built on Android to scale distribution and make it easy for all users to try.

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