Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Motion Sensors in Physical Therapy
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2010 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]
This thesis studies the use of off-the-shelf motion sensing technology in physical therapy rehabilitation. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate how suitable existing commercially available video gaming consoles are for use in physical therapy and explore the challenges associated with creating custom therapeutic systems based on existing platforms. A set of qualitative data gathering activities were selected; observations, workshops, interviews and prototyping. Five physical therapists working at hospitals were selected as participants. Through these activities empirical data was obtained for further analysis and discussion. The participating therapists suggested that existing games were only to a small extent directly applicable as treatment methods, hence custom tailored games should be developed. Patients have very different needs, and the existing games are developed with mainly healthy people in mind, and therefore it is not obvious that they are applicable as rehabilitation treatment. To develop games for patients that need physical therapy, knowledge in this field is needed - hence the involvement of five specialists cooperating with a system developer. The findings indicate that games to be used in physical therapy ideally need to be extremely customizable by the therapists to allow adjustments to individual patient needs. This leads to a set of design guidelines for developing rehabilitation games with motion sensing input devices. The physical therapists in this thesis are positive towards introducing Nintendo Wii to their patients, and see great potential in using the Wii as a tool in their future work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2010. , 124 p.
Keyword [no]
ntnudaim:5579, MIT informatikk, Systemarbeid og menneske-maskin-interaksjon
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-12151Local ID: ntnudaim:5579OAI: diva2:401131
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(23908 kB)723 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 23908 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf
cover(47 kB)27 downloads
File information
File name COVER01.pdfFile size 47 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type coverMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Computer and Information Science

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 723 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 1446 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link