The use of masks and disguises for entertainment and identity is not new. In fact, some of the oldest relics of self expression date back 9,000 years ago.

Fast forward to the spatial computing age where we have augmented reality filters through platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, and you begin to see that this impulse to adorn ourselves and express other identities through AR resonates in similar ways than it did 9,000 years ago.

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At a recent hackathon hosted by BCG Digital Ventures, MIT Hacking Medicine, and Los Angeles Pediatric Hospital, I arrived with the goal of exploring how we might use AR self expression to promote healthcare. Here’s what we came up with! A particle system using the logo of Children’s Hospital. We hope this will help engage more patients and further concretize the relationship between families and healthcare.