Neural Processing Letters

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 227–233 | Cite as

Walking on Virtual Tiles

  • Yoram Baram
  • Judith Aharon-Peretz
  • Yahalomit Simionovici
  • Lior Ron
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Abstract

This paper examines the application of virtual reality cues, generating the biofeedback effects of a real tiled floor, reported in [8], for gait improvement in Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients. A portable apparatus, comprising head and body-mounted 3-axis accelerometers, a wearable computer and see-through head-mounted display, creates a virtual tiled floor, responding to the patient's own dynamics. Performance of PD patients using the device improved (higher speed, longer stride) by about 30% on average.

movement disorders Parkinson's disease virtual reality 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoram Baram
    • 1
  • Judith Aharon-Peretz
    • 2
  • Yahalomit Simionovici
    • 3
  • Lior Ron
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTechnion, Israel Inst. of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Cognitive Neurology Unit, Department of NeurologyRambam Medical CenterHaifaIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Industrial EngineeringTechnion, Israel Inst. of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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