Open Source Virtual Worlds and Low Cost Sensors for Physical Rehab of Patients with Chronic Diseases

  • Salvador J. Romero
  • Luis Fernandez-Luque
  • José L. Sevillano
  • Lars Vognild
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 27)

Abstract

For patients with chronic diseases, exercise is a key part of rehab to deal better with their illness. Some of them do rehabilitation at home with telemedicine systems. However, keeping to their exercising program is challenging and many abandon the rehabilitation. We postulate that information technologies for socializing and serious games can encourage patients to keep doing physical exercise and rehab. In this paper we present Virtual Valley, a low cost telemedicine system for home exercising, based on open source virtual worlds and utilizing popular low cost motion controllers (e.g. Wii Remote) and medical sensors. Virtual Valley allows patient to socialize, learn, and play group based serious games while exercising.

Keywords

Tele-rehabilitation Virtual Worlds Open Source Low-Cost 

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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvador J. Romero
    • 1
    • 2
  • Luis Fernandez-Luque
    • 2
  • José L. Sevillano
    • 1
  • Lars Vognild
    • 2
  1. 1.Robotics & Computer Technology for Rehabilitation LaboratoryUniversity of SevillaSpain
  2. 2.Northern Research InstituteTromsøNorway

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