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Adding haptics to objects in Virtual Reality with FES

We are seeing a number of virtual reality applications in rehabilitation as ideas from the gaming world spill over into rehab. But how about technology from rehab finding it's way into gaming?

A paper by Lopes et al describes how researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam Germany have been exploring how to add haptics to walls and other heavy objects in virtual worlds by using FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation).  When you think about it, a "sense of feeling" is normally missing from these virtual worlds - FES is one way of providing this sense.

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Its the little things...

For many of our clients with limited or compromised hand function, this can pose a challenge. We regularly hear things like -  How can I enjoy a round of golf if I can't grip the club properly? How long can I work in the garden without tiring or being in discomfort? What if I knock over my glass while out with friends? Physical and mental barriers come up and they start to shy away from their favourite hobbies, or dread social occasions, which of course impacts on happiness.

If you, or someone you know, has suffered a stroke, brain injury, brachial plexus injury, incomplete spinal cord injury or perhaps suffers from MS, then this may seem familiar. So how do we change it?

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Button Fastener keeps Tom looking sharp!

For people with impaired hand function, it is often the simple, everyday actions we take for granted that pose the most challenge. Like buttoning up a shirt.

In this video, a group of students at NCAD (National College of Art & Design) in Ireland - show how they designed, prototyped, and produced a really effective Button Fastener for their client Tom, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

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