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 Virtual Reality Helps Children Through Physical Therapy

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Date posted: 23/09/2007

VR systems are being used to keep children entertained and focussed whilst their bodies are rehabilitated. IREX (Interactive Recreation and Exercise) is being used to submerge them in a virtual sport or game environment, which adds a measure of fun, whilst still taking them through the clinically prescribed movement routines.

Using a video camera and green screen background, the children have their image placed as the avatar in the system, in a similar way to the eye-toy, but without all the background interference. They can then play football, tennis, swim, or any number of other activities designed to dress-up physical therapy.

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