Development and user evaluation of a virtual rehabilitation system for wobble board balance training

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Title: Development and user evaluation of a virtual rehabilitation system for wobble board balance training
Authors: Fitzgerald, Diarmaid
Trakarnratanakul, Nanthana
Dunne, Lucy
Smyth, Barry
Caulfield, Brian
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1200
Date: 2008
Abstract: We have developed a prototype virtual reality based balance training system using a single inertial orientation sensor attached to the upper surface of a wobble board. This input device has been interfaced with an open source computer game known as Neverball. Users can exercise with the system by standing on the wobble board and tilting it to control an on-screen environment. To evaluate the usability our prototype system we undertook a user evaluation study on twelve healthy novice participants. Participants were required to set up the system using an instruction manual and then perform balance exercises with the system. Following this period of exercise a post hoc usability evaluation questionnaire know as VRUSE was completed by participants. Results indicated a high level of usability in all categories evaluated.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: IEEE Press
Copyright (published version): 2008, IEEE
Subject LCSH: Virtual reality--Therapeutic use
Rehabilitation technology--Evaluation
Computer games--Therapeutic use
Exercise therapy--Technological innovations
DOI: 10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4650134
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society : personalized healthcare through technology
Conference Details: 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Vancouver, August 20-24, 2008
Appears in Collections:CLARITY Research Collection
Computer Science Research Collection

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