Virtual reality allows the creation of a very realistic environment, while achieving the immersion of the user in it. The purpose of this project is to use this technology to develop scenarios that serve as a complementary tool in therapies with people with functional diversity.
The scenarios developed so far simulate everyday life situations, although they could focus on other areas such as work, leisure and sports.
Each scenario is configured as a test with a series of established objectives that the user must achieve. In this way, it is intended that the person who experiences the test feels motivated to achieve the objectives set while training and progressively improves the difficulties of it. In addition, at the end of each test, a report will be generated with data of interest about the problem to be dealt with that allows the therapist to assess the evolution of the user.
The first application developed was the result of the TFG of one of the members of the TALIONIS research group, belonging to the ICT Research Center (CITIC) of the UDC, in collaboration with the COGAMI entity. This application has four scenarios that simulate everyday life situations. Three of these scenarios are aimed at treating mobility problems in the hands, such as the grasping of objects or the movement of the wrist. The remaining scenario is intended to improve problems of a cognitive nature, specifically, the identification of elements to carry out a common day to day task. It is worth highlighting the interaction of the user using their hands, without the need for controls. This is achieved using the Leap Motion device.
Currently, this group of researchers is developing an application that helps people in wheelchairs to strengthening their abdominal muscles and they are studying the creation of a simulator that allows training in how to use an electric wheelchair.
Team members: Manuel Lagos Rodríguez, Thais Pousada García, Javier Pereira Loureiro and Ángel Gómez García