Virtualization and physiotherapy

development, performance evaluation and heuristics of usability in two systems of virtual and mixed reality for the rehabilitation of upper members

Authors

  • André Felipe da Silva Figueiredo
  • Helda Oliveira Barros

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29147/datjournal.v7i2.615

Keywords:

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Physiotherapy, Design, Design Science Research

Abstract

The motor rehabilitation process is fulfilled by challenges and, in a context of technological innovation, of great opportunities. The present investigation had as goal elaborate two systems with the participation of ten volunteers for testing and two physiotherapists from a Virtual Reality platform and another in Mixed Reality, aimed to upper-limb members, with the intention of improve the evaluation, expand reach, increase engagement and performance of remote and in person therapies, under the light of heuristics of usability still with healthy volunteers (control group). In addition to specific heuristics for virtual environments, and by a Design Thinking approach, the present work explains the methodological path taken to understand problem, ideation, prototyping, testing and evaluation of the proposed systems using Design Science Research providing future explorers of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality with a structured process focused on the developing solutions for the field of physiotherapy. The results show good adoption by users of both systems, with critical advantages, disadvantages and also the need for further development.

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Author Biographies

André Felipe da Silva Figueiredo

Arquiteto, urbanista e designer formado pela UFPE e pela CESAR School, atua desde 2006 no mercado de visualização e é fundador do Studio Z7, empresa especializada em realidade virtual imersiva voltada para os segmentos de arquitetura, urbanismo tático digital, educação e saúde. É professor convidado da Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers/UNICAP ministrando a disciplina de tecnologias interativas do Design.

Helda Oliveira Barros

Coordenadora do Mestrado Profissional em Design da CESAR School. Docente da Pós-graduação e da Graduação em Design. UX researcher com ênfase em neurodesign e experiências simuladas e possui especial interesse em projetos de natureza decolonial, voltados para interseccionalidades. Head do LIGA - Laboratório de Inovação e Geração de Artefatos, que sediada as pesquisas em Design da referida instituição. Atua como consultora em projetos internacionais do CESAR. Doutora e Mestre em Design pela UFPE.

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Published

2022-06-14

How to Cite

Figueiredo, A. F. da S., & Barros, H. O. (2022). Virtualization and physiotherapy: development, performance evaluation and heuristics of usability in two systems of virtual and mixed reality for the rehabilitation of upper members. DAT Journal, 7(2), 260–274. https://doi.org/10.29147/datjournal.v7i2.615