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Interactive Movement Games

In collaboration with Dr Stuart Ferguson from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, we have developed a way to interface the Nintendo Wii balance board with the virtual reality software 'Virtools'. By recording the bluetooth signal emmited from each pressure sensor embedded in the feet of the balance board, we can calculate the user's centre of pressure or the position of their balance. We then use this balance measure as the movement based controller in our virtual games environment (see Young et al 2010 for details). This interface allows us to create adapted games and tests to train and assess balance in older adults and people with Parkinson's.


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Cathy Craig
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
18-30 Malone Road

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 97 5482

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