Background: Virtual reality is becoming popular in the rehabilitation field thanks to the several advantages it can offer to patients and physicians. Indeed, serious games can: motivate and engage the patient; offer different levels of challenge and difficulty based on the patient baseline, and integrate objective measures of the patient's performance during each rehabilitation session. Objective: We designed and implemented a serious game for shoulder rehabilitation based on real-time hand tracking. The aim was to maintain the medical benefits of traditional rehabilitation, while reducing human resources and costs and facilitating active patient participation. Methods: Our software application provides the user with a shoulder horizontal adduction exercise. This exercise takes place in a 2D interactive game environment, controlled by hand movements on a desk pad. The hardware includes a standard desktop computer and screen, and the Leap Motion Controller: a hand tracking system. Changing the desk pad material allows the physiotherapist to vary the friction between the user hand and the supporting surface. Results: Fourteen healthy volunteers and six rehabilitation experts tested our serious game. The results showed that the application is attractive, ergonomic and clinically useful. Conclusion: Despite promising results, clinical validation is necessary to demonstrate the efficacy of the serious game. Keywords: Leap Motion Controller; Serious game; shoulder disorders; virtual rehabilitation.

Interactive serious game for shoulder rehabilitation based on real-time hand tracking

Viglialoro Rosanna Maria
;
Condino Sara
;
Turini Giuseppe;Mamone Virginia;Carbone Marina;Ferrari Vincenzo;Ferrari Mauro;Gesi Marco
2020-01-01

Abstract

Background: Virtual reality is becoming popular in the rehabilitation field thanks to the several advantages it can offer to patients and physicians. Indeed, serious games can: motivate and engage the patient; offer different levels of challenge and difficulty based on the patient baseline, and integrate objective measures of the patient's performance during each rehabilitation session. Objective: We designed and implemented a serious game for shoulder rehabilitation based on real-time hand tracking. The aim was to maintain the medical benefits of traditional rehabilitation, while reducing human resources and costs and facilitating active patient participation. Methods: Our software application provides the user with a shoulder horizontal adduction exercise. This exercise takes place in a 2D interactive game environment, controlled by hand movements on a desk pad. The hardware includes a standard desktop computer and screen, and the Leap Motion Controller: a hand tracking system. Changing the desk pad material allows the physiotherapist to vary the friction between the user hand and the supporting surface. Results: Fourteen healthy volunteers and six rehabilitation experts tested our serious game. The results showed that the application is attractive, ergonomic and clinically useful. Conclusion: Despite promising results, clinical validation is necessary to demonstrate the efficacy of the serious game. Keywords: Leap Motion Controller; Serious game; shoulder disorders; virtual rehabilitation.
2020
Viglialoro, ROSANNA MARIA; Condino, Sara; Turini, Giuseppe; Mamone, Virginia; Carbone, Marina; Ferrari, Vincenzo; Ghelarducci, Giulia; Ferrari, Mauro; Gesi, Marco
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