New 3D technology brings Woodson, a long-time Mott supporter, to life in new hospital lobby.

by: Lauren McLeod, University of Michigan Health System

Among the surprises in store for the families and patients scheduled to move to the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital this December is an appearance by football star Charles Woodson.

With the help of “3D Woodson,” a new mobile app custom made for Mott, Woodson can be brought to life by any Mott visitor with an iPad or iPhone.  The technology behind the app, called augmented reality, has never been used in a healthcare setting before.



Once visitors have downloaded and launched the app, they can point their device at a special image of a Woodson jersey hung in the lobby. This image, called a marker, causes a life-sized 3D image of Woodson wearing a maize and blue jersey to immediately appear on their screen.

The app overlays the 3D portrait of Woodson on the image captured by the user’s mobile camera. Using the marker, the app calculates where the virtual Woodson would be standing, allowing the user to view him from different angles as if he were actually there.

Visitors can photograph their friends standing alongside the football star in various poses, including the famous Heisman pose.

“I truly believe that the work they do here at Mott is special; they’ve been doing it for a long time and will continue to in this beautiful new building,” Woodson says. “I want to be part of that future, and this technology is one way to ensure I remain connected to Mott in some way.”

The app, available now for download by searching for “3D Woodson” in the App Store on your iPad or iPhone, allows these photos to then be shared on Facebook or sent through email.

The most commonly seen form of augmented reality is in sports broadcasting, where computer generated lines are placed on top of a live football field to symbolize the first-down line. The 3D Woodson app uses a similar technology customized to work on mobile devices.

This is the first time this technology will appear in a children’s hospital and one of the first instances where it has been used to augment realistic 3D humans.

Behind the scenes look at the making of the 3D Woodson app:


While the Woodson app is not animated, other augmented reality apps depict cartoon characters appearing to come to life on top of an otherwise lifeless setting.

“When a child scans their iPad over an otherwise normal-looking mural on a wall, a hidden world populated by cartoon characters could come to life and interact with them,” says Carlson Bull, Founder and Executive Creative Director of Bully! Entertainment, which developed the app for Mott.

“We’re excited about introducing this technology into a children’s healthcare setting,” Bull says. “There are enormous opportunities for developing augmented reality games with the nurses and physicians of Mott that encourage children to meet their goals for recovery.”

Nurses can suggest that children walk to the end of a hallway and use an iPad to unlock a cartoon character that praises them for their hard work.

In the future, these augmented reality characters could also be used to deliver age-appropriate health tips or explain to children what they may expect prior to undergoing complex procedures, Bull suggests.

Mott is currently working on incorporating more of this technology into the new hospital.

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C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, the largest construction project in the state, opened its doors to the public on December 4. The lobby of the children’s portion of the hospital will be named in Woodson’s honor. (Read article about Charles Woodson’s  $2 million donation here.)


The $754 million project creates an environment of care focused on comfort and healing, in addition to hosting many sustainable design elements, supporting the academic, research and clinical care missions of the University of Michigan Health System.

“We designed and built a facility that accounts for the need of continued growth, changes in practice and technology, safety, efficiency and the need for future expansion,” said Ronald W. Dennis, AIA, ACHA, principal-in-charge, HKS, Inc.  “The project increases pediatric inpatient bed, birthing and surgical capacities.”

The goal of the women’s and children’s project is to improve parent and family accommodations, creating a family-centered environment.  Providing family-centered care in the design of a children’s hospital facility acknowledges the importance of the family in the healing process as the central caregivers, advocates and decision-makers for their children – ranging from incorporating family-use private areas to providing food storage/preparation and laundry facilities areas.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer our patients a beautiful facility that incorporates a healing, family-centered environment; beautiful natural landscapes,; and the latest in technology and care,” says Patricia A. Warner, M.P.H., executive director of the U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties in the U.S. News Media Group’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” including a third-place ranking in the country for heart and heart surgery.

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Mark your calendars for the sixth annual Brian Griese / Steve Hutchinson / Charles Woodson Champions for Children’s Hearts Weekend!

Over the previous five years, our generous sponsors, volunteers and celebrity athletes have enthusiastically contributed to The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital by supporting our Champions for Children’s Hearts campaign.

Thanks in part to their generosity, the new hospital opened its doors on December 4, 2011 with the Michigan Congenital Heart Center continuing to expand its educational missions – improving outcomes for children with heart disease on a regional, national and global scale in the most state-of-the-art facility in the area.

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Charles Woodson Tests Mound, Backs Brady Hoke

From The Detroit News: Story by Angelique Chengelis

Woodson and Max Merget, a 16-year-old from Canton who has been a patient at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, each threw out the first pitch before the Tigers game at Comerica Park on Wednesday night. Woodson, who recently gave $2 million to Mott for research, will be honored by the hospital today with “Charles Woodson Day.”

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Hospital leaders, families, and children will honor former U-M standout, Super Bowl XLV champion for work, dedication to hospital

Patients, hospital staff and football enthusiasts at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital will show their appreciation for former U-M football standout, 1997 Heisman trophy winner and current Green Bay Packers Charles Woodson by proclaiming Thursday, April 28 as Woodson Day.

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From: By: Michael Rothstein Staff

Former Michigan football players Braylon Edwards and David Terrell horse around during the Champions for Children’s Hearts golf scramble fundraiser at Michigan Golf Course on Sunday afternoon.

Photo by Melanie Maxwell |

It began as a one-day Monday event in 2007 with a round of golf and a banquet in a tent at the University of Michigan Golf Course.

What it has become, though, is what Brian Griese and Steve Hutchinson hoped.

The Griese/Hutchinson/Woodson Champions for Children’s Hearts Weekend now is one of the marquee events within the Michigan football family. Part golf tournament, part fundraiser and total Michigan football reunion, it’s also something else – a million dollar event.

After raising $1.2 million in its first three years combined, more than $1 million will go to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital this year, Griese said before he teed off Sunday morning.

“To raise a million dollars, in this economy, in this state, is not a small feat,” said Griese, Michigan’s starting quarterback on the 1997 national championship team. “… That was our goal. It was clearly stated, a lot of things came together to accomplish it, but that was a goal of ours.”

With the new Mott Children’s Hospital funded and being built to open in 2012, Griese, Hutchinson and Charles Woodson and the group’s steering committee – which also includes Drs. Rick Ohye and John Charpie of the Michigan Congenital Heart Center and Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon – are searching for the next goals.

Griese said they are thinking about taking the event to multiple golf courses to “continue to build this thing out” and keep raising money for Mott and, potentially, other causes.

“We were talking the other night, when the hospital is built and 18 months from now when it is opening and running, what direction are we going to go with it,” said Hutchinson, an offensive lineman who played 1998-2001 at Michigan and is currently with the Minnesota Vikings. “We have some options, whether it is going to continue to fund research, whatever the next step or option might be.

“I think people expect this and look forward to being able to contribute, so we’d be doing a lot of people an injustice if we were to not to continue.”

The event has inspired other former players, like Philadelphia Eagles safety Marlin Jackson, to start golf outings. Jackson said he’s putting together a fundraiser for his foundation in Indianapolis.

The banquet Saturday evening included a silent auction and live auction. It’s also where many of the who’s who of Michigan’s recent football past often congregate. Besides the charity component, this is what Hutchinson and Griese envisioned when they put this event together in 2007.

Michigan has no official football reunion. With many players in the NFL, coming back for games in the fall isn’t an option for 10, sometimes 15 years.

But they have this weekend. And it is a weekend of fun that isn’t going to go away. Former quarterback Drew Henson, in the middle of an interview, had his stash of Twizzlers attacked by his former teammates.

Take Tim Biakabatuka. Now based in the Carolinas, the former Michigan running back came up for the event and spent breakfast Sunday morning chatting with former teammate Jarrett Irons.

“That’s why it’s enticing,” Biakabatuka said. “But you shouldn’t forget the basic reason for it and the basic reason has been achieved so the other stuff is a bonus.

“The bonus is that you get to see guys you played with who you haven’t seen in a while and raise money for a good cause.”

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Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson are privileged to partner with former teammates and supporters from around the world to benefit the new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the renowned research conducted at the Michigan Congenital Heart Center. Our mission is clear: to support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility for women and children, and to fund education and research aimed at improving outcomes worldwide for children with heart defects.

May 14-16, 2010
About the 2010 Event

Schedule of Events
Auction Items
Player List

Schedule of Events

Champs for Children

Friday, May 14
VIP Kick-off Dinner
Hosted by Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson, Charles Woodson and Lloyd Carr
7:00 PM Cocktails, Dinner and program to honor Championship Level Sponsors

Saturday, May 15
Gala Dinner
6:00 PM Cocktails, Entertainment and Silent Auction
7:00 PM Dinner, Program and Live Auction

Sunday, May 16
Golf Tournament

The University of Michigan Golf Course
9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
10:00 AM Shotgun Start
5:00 PM Reception and Awards Presentation

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Auction Items

Champion for Children

Our live and silent auction features an array of exciting items ranging from food and wine packages and sports memorabilia to artwork, entertainment, and much more!

Past auction items have included golf trips to exclusive clubs around the country including Kinloch Golf Club (VA), Whisper Rock (AZ) and Pebble Beach (CA); VIP trips to the Super Bowl and to Fashion Week in New York City; private events with sports celebrities like Detroit Tiger Brandon Inge and Heisman trophy winner Charles Woodson; and many more.

2010 Live Auction Items

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Player List

This event would not be possible without participation from our former University of Michigan football players who return to Ann Arbor year after year to support our ‘Champions for Children’s Hearts’ campaign. Inspired by their visits to Mott Children’s Hospital during their time as student athletes, these ‘champions’ support the children and pediatric physicians at Mott by donating time, energy and resources to the hospital and to this event.

In the past 3 years, we have welcomed

Our captains – Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson, Charles Woodson

Former U-M Football head coach Lloyd Carr and current Coach Rich Rodriguez

Michigan greats – Anthony Thomas, Tim Biakabutuka, Lamar Woodley, Braylon Edwards, Anthony Carter, Desmond Howard, Jeff Backus, Mark Campbell, Scott Driesbach, Jay Feely, James Hall, John Navarre, Aaron Shea, Jerame Tuman, Steve Everitt, Elvis Grbac, Dhani Jones, Drew Henson, John Wangler

We look forward to welcoming back our championship team in 2010 – who help to make The Michigan Difference for our children.

Champions for Children’s Hearts Website

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Woodson Pledges C.S. Mott $2 Million

Charles Woodson, former University of Michigan football standout and 1997 Heisman trophy winner, pledged $2 million to the new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital and Womens Hospital. The new hospital is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.

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The Charles Woodson Foundation Charities

The Charles Woodson Foundation distributes 100%  of your donation to the Charity  you specify.

All donations are tax deductable.

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