Saturday, November 18, 2006

Virtual reality and the human limbs

A recent article in Science Daily notes that virtual reality is giving amputees the opportunity to regain any missing limbs. Through the use of a headset, patients are placed in a virtual world where they have 2 limbs. They control their missing limbs with any limbs that physically remain on their bodies. For example, in the virtual world, an amputated left arm movement can be manipulated by the amputees right arm.

Most amputees suffer from physical discomfort known as Phantom Limb Pain. However, using virtual reality and making one think s/he has and can move a missing limbs diminishes the pain. See virtual reality and amputees for more information.


At 10:01 AM, Blogger edtecnelly said...

Thats so interesting! I like to see the techn is being used for good rather than pure entertainment. I couldn't imagine having to go through what they do.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Meg said...

I just found something similar to this that is using robotics and gaming to help stroke victims who have lost the use of their limbs. It's amazing how far science and technology have come.


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