Development of a virtual reality system to evaluate skills needed to drive a cycling wheel-chair

Norihiro Sugita, Yoshihisa Kojima, Makoto Yoshizawa, Akira Tanaka, Makoto Abe, Noriyasu Homma, Kazunori Seki, Nobuyasu Handa

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Abstract

A cycling wheel chair (CWC) is a useful tool to provide physical exercise for patients who face difficulty walking, caused by stroke or other brain disorders. A system has been developed for rehabilitation, which allows patients to practice driving a CWC in a virtual environment. In this study, hardware improvements were developed and methods for evaluating driving skills were investigated to improve the practical application of this system. The hardware was changed to enable users to drive the CWC they were using in their daily lives. In addition, four types of test scenarios that focused on basic and important actions necessary to drive a CWC, such as pedaling and steering, were developed. An experiment with healthy young and elderly persons was conducted to evaluate the validity of the system. Results showed that pedaling and steering skills were improved in both the young and elderly subjects but the improvement patterns differed between them. These results indicate that repeated practice with the proposed system enhances the safety of driving a CWC, particularly for elderly users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2012
Pages6019-6022
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 14
Event34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2012 Aug 282012 Sep 1

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period12/8/2812/9/1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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