Creating widely accessible spatial interfaces: mobile VR for managing persistent pain.


Journal Article

Using widely accessible VR technologies, researchers have implemented a series of multimodal spatial interfaces and virtual environments. The results demonstrate the degree to which we can now use low-cost (for example, mobile-phone based) VR environments to create rich virtual experiences involving motion sensing, physiological inputs, stereoscopic imagery, sound, and haptic feedback. Adapting spatial interfaces to these new platforms can open up exciting application areas for VR. In this case, the application area was in-home VR therapy for patients suffering from persistent pain (for example, arthritis and cancer pain). For such therapy to be successful, a rich spatial interface and rich visual aesthetic are particularly important. So, an interdisciplinary team with expertise in technology, design, meditation, and the psychology of pain collaborated to iteratively develop and evaluate several prototype systems. The video at demonstrates how the sine wave fitting responds to walking motions, for a walking-in-place application.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schroeder, D; Korsakov, F; Jolton, J; Keefe, FJ; Haley, A; Keefe, DF

Published Date

  • May 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 82 - 89

PubMed ID

  • 24807994

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24807994

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-1756

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-1716

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/MCG.2013.38


  • eng