Starlight Children's Room


The Starlight Children's Room at The Children's Hospital Westmead recently underwent a major transformation. LifeLike is Proud to have been involved with the design and integration of the new room technology.

What's It All About?

Starlight Express Rooms are a medical free haven for sick kids and their families seeking a welcome break from the relentless cycle of medical treatments and procedures. It’s the place we get down to the serious business of having fun!
Illness shouldn’t define a child, so Starlight Express Rooms are medical free zones - no treatments or medical talk are allowed.

Run by Captain Starlight and a wonderful group of volunteers, Starlight Express Rooms are unique spaces filled with laughter, smiles, fun people and enjoyable activities.

Kids can watch DVDs or compete with family and new friends on Xbox, PlayStation and WII. They can join Captain Starlight in a musical jam session, have their face painted, watch a live magic show, make balloon animals, paint, paste and create amazing crafts or just clown around and have fun.

It’s their choice.

For kids too sick to leave their beds, Starlight TV delivers all the antics and fun of the Starlight Express Room live to their bedside daily.

The New Space

LifeLike was able to integrate a broad range of new technologies into the space to allow the captains to create a 'magical' environment at the touch of soutton.
New Touch-Control LED Lighting made it possible to Illuminate the room in a sea of colours perfect for any mood.
Through the use of the new Crestron Control System, captains can easily change the mood of the room, start a movie or even launch a Disco!

Video Broadcast

Because not all of the children can make it to the Starlight Express Room, Captain Starlight Broadcasts a Dedicated Television and Radio Hits channel to the wards 24/7.
To facilitate this, LifeLike integrated the latest
1080P Digital Cameras and 4K Digital Vision Mixing solution from Blackmagic design.
Because its important to bring these children as close to the action as possible, we also integrated a POTS Telephone system so the children can be a part of the action.
To simplify the audio control we integrated a Digtal Media Matrix audio processing system that allows simple control from an iPad anywhere in the room.

Low-Maintenence High Up Time

With the demanding complexities and long-term operational requirements, It was imperative that reliable technology was integrated to provide simple operation and robust reliability.
A Casio Ultra Short Throw LED/Laser Hybrid projector was chosen for its brightness, minimal shadowing and 20,000 hour lamp life.
  • Crestron Control Integration for simple operation
  • Media Matrix Audio Processing for easy audio mixing
  • Blackmagic design Vision Mixing
  • LG Commercial Displays
The system has been running online for over 6 months with no resets on core equipment.