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Ghostman: Augmented reality application for telerehabilitation and remote instruction of a novel motor skill


Chinthammit, W and Merritt, TM and Pedersen, S and Williams, A and Visentin, D and Rowe, RS and Furness, T, Ghostman: Augmented reality application for telerehabilitation and remote instruction of a novel motor skill, BioMed Research International, 2014 Article 646347. ISSN 2314-6141 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1155/2014/646347


This paper describes a pilot study using a prototype telerehabilitation system (Ghostman). Ghostman is a visual augmentation system designed to allow a physical therapist and patient to inhabit each otherís viewpoint in an augmented real-world environment. This allows the therapist to deliver instruction remotely and observe performance of a motor skill through the patientís point of view. In a pilot study, we investigated the efficacy of Ghostman by using it to teach participants to use chopsticks. Participants were randomized to a single training session, receiving either Ghostman or face-to-face instructions by the same skilled instructor. Learning was assessed by measuring retention of skills at 24-hour and 7-day post instruction. As hypothesised, there were no differences in reduction of error or time to completion between participants using Ghostman compared to those receiving face- to-face instruction. These initial results in a healthy population are promising and demonstrate the potential application of this technology to patients requiring learning or relearning of motor skills as may be required following a stroke or brain injury.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tele-rehabilitation, augmented reality, motor learning
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Chinthammit, W (Dr Winyu Chinthammit)
UTAS Author:Merritt, TM (Mr Troy Merritt)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, S (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Williams, A (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
UTAS Author:Rowe, RS (Dr Robert Rowe)
ID Code:91152
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-05-09
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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