LONDON: The first virtual reality artwork for helping brain injury patients to better control their hand and arm movements has been successfully tested by Australian scientists.
ELEMENTS is a 42-inch tabletop TV on which patients can paint, play games and mix sounds by gesturing with brightly coloured, soft plastic shapes. It complements existing rehabilitation therapy for people recovering from brain injury by providing a fun way to practice skills and continuous feedback on their progress.
A team of researchers from RMIT in Melbourne has carried out initial studies on nine patients, reporting that they showed an improved ability to handle objects after using the system.
“The participants improved significantly in terms of their overall motor abilities,” said lead author and experimental psychologist Nick Mumford of the study published in the journal Brain Injury.