Design of Virtual Reality-Based Therapy to Restore the Whole Body Coordination Deficits Following Deployment-Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury

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Description

The goal of the project is to develop low-cost virtual reality-based therapeutic exercises (VR games), which will aim at restoring coordination of the whole body in individuals with mild-moderate Traumatic Brain Injury. The games will be designed using the relatively new WorldViz Live Characters software. This technology will create a real-time participant's presence and interaction in a simulated environment for a cost significantly lower as compared to previous expensive head and hand tracking VR solutions. Currently, the WorldViz technology is used in military centers for warfighting and defense training simulation. However, no similar gaming products exist for restoration of post-injury movement coordination problems in military service members. Unlike 'off-the-shelf' low-cost gaming products (e.g., Sony PlayStation2 EyeToy, IREX, and Nintendo Wii), this technology creates an algorithm that can easily adjust gaming content, precision, and difficulty according to individual coordination problems and therapeutic goals within one therapeutic session. This new VR-based gaming therapy is expected to complement initial clinical evaluation and rehabilitation service protocols for addressing on-going management of identified movement coordination problems.

StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/1/09 → …

Funding

  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs: $377,319.00

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