Virtual Reality Environment Helping People Recover from Stroke
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Researchers examine user response to an artistic virtual reality (VR) environment for hand rehabilitation therapy following stroke. This is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project, involving a team of artists, engineers, art therapists, occupational therapists, and scientists that uses a pneumatically actuated glove, head/arm tracking, and a head mounted display. The results of the IRB approved pre-clinical studies with a small group of stroke survivors indicate that users with impaired hand movement found the system comfortable, instructions clear, and reported a high level of satisfaction with the VR environment and rehabilitation task variety and difficulty. Most patients reported very positive impressions of the VR environment and rated it highly, appreciating its potential engagement and motivation of virtual rehabilitation therapy when compared with conventional rehabilitation training conditions.