The Design Society Chat Room: PRIME VR2

VR Ecosystems and rehabilitation systems - Hosted by Philip Farrugia and Georgi V. Georgiev

Tuesday 27th July 2021 @ 10am BST (UK time) 

The EU-funded PRIME-VR2 3-year project aims to develop a state-of-art digital environment for VR rehabilitation at home and in clinic through a virtual gaming space that will provide effective therapy and friendly competition. It will be a significant innovation for people with neuro-motor disability such as stroke and cerebral palsy and sports injuries.

The research consortium includes 14 institutions in England, Scotland, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, The Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Belgium and Ireland. The PRIME-VR2 team is multi-disciplinary. It includes expertise in virtual reality, additive manufacturing, 3D geometrical form generation, user interface design, user-centred design, electronics design, systems integration and rehabilitation.

The VRHAB-IT platform being developed will focus on supporting the development of functional motor skills in the upper body; with arm, hand and finger movements. The VR environment will be customised with adaptive controllers which will be co-created with users according to their ability and condition. Living Labs to test the technology with users will be taking place in London, Malta and Cyprus. The results from PRIME-VR2 will be a great step forward for European interactive technology in improving physical health and performance.

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