Human Factors and Interaction Strategies in Three-Dimensional Virtual Environments to Support the Development of Digital Interactive Therapeutic Toy: A Systematic Review

  • Eunice P. dos Santos Nunes
  • Eduardo M. Lemos
  • Cristiano Maciel
  • Clodoaldo Nunes
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9179)


Therapeutic Toy is applied in the hospital environment in order to explain to the child about the procedure he/she will go through. In order to this, the professionals of health usually use physical material, such as dolls and hospital accessories. However, there is a possibility of exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality systems to develop a therapeutic toy in a digital and interactive way. The main goal of this paper is to present results of a Systematic Review (SR), which seeks to identify if Three-Dimensional Virtual Environments (3D VEs) have been used focusing to assist the hospitalized children, which interaction strategies have been used and which human factors have been explored. The results allowed researchers to formulate hypotheses based on the human factors e strategies of interaction identified, to specify a Preliminary Reference Model for the development of Digital Interactive Therapeutic Toy.


Three-dimensional virtual environments Human factors Interaction strategies Hospitalized children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eunice P. dos Santos Nunes
    • 1
  • Eduardo M. Lemos
    • 1
  • Cristiano Maciel
    • 1
  • Clodoaldo Nunes
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratório de Ambientes Virtuais Interativos (LAVI) – Instituto de ComputaçãoUniversidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT)CuiabáBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento da Área de Informática (DAI) – Instituto Federal de EducaçãoCiência e Tecnologia de Mato Grosso (IFMT)CuiabáBrazil

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