Virtual Application to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries in Hands

  • Hélder Freitas
  • Vítor CarvalhoEmail author
  • Filomena Soares
  • Demétrio Matos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics book series (LNCVB, volume 27)


Repetitive movements in hands may cause strain injuries that negatively influence the employee performance. The lack of awareness for prevention this type of working injuries often leads the employers to believe that costs associated to prevention are unnecessary expenditures. So, the objective of this paper is to develop a serious game for preventing repetitive strain injuries in hands. The game activities are developed in Unity 3D software and using the 3D sensor, Intel RealSense 3D Camera F200. There are two sets of exercises, the warming up and the stretching off exercises, to be executed during the playing activity. Three game scenarios were developed. The tests performed so far allow concluding that the proposed system correctly detects the hands movements.


Image processing 3D sensor Unity 3D Hand injuries prevention Repetitive strain Muscle articular exercises 



The authors would like to express their acknowledgments to COMPETE: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007043 and FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia within the Project Scope: UID/CEC/00319/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hélder Freitas
    • 1
  • Vítor Carvalho
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Filomena Soares
    • 1
    • 2
  • Demétrio Matos
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Industrial ElectronicsUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  2. 2.R&D Centre AlgoritmiUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  3. 3.School of TechnologyPolytechnic Institute of Cávado and AveBarcelosPortugal
  4. 4.MEtRICs Research CentreUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal

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