DESIGN OF VIRTUAL REALITY-BASED THERAPY TO RESTORE THE WHOLE BODY COORDINATION DEFICITS FOLLOWING DEPLOYMENT-ACQUIRED TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Grant Details

Description

A series of new interactive virtual reality games called 'Hunters' will be developed using the WorldViz Live Characters software. The software creates an animation model of the participant's body (avatar), precisely reproducing the real-time movements and synchronizing the avatar with simulated environment. During a two-minute game the participant's avatar will be hunting in a computer-generated forest, avoiding obstacles, hiding and chasing after computer-generated animals. The level of difficulties will be chosen based on the person's mobility. Even sitting in a wheelchair, the participant can be a successful hunter in this game. While playing these games, participants with deployment-acquired injuries improve their functional mobility, body stability, dexterity, and agility. This will facilitate their return to military duty or job retraining, increase their independence in activities of daily living, and eventually lead to an improved quality of life.

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/1/0905/14/12

Funding

  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs: $382,413.00
  • U.S. Department of Defense: $390,565.00

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