“There is a room with a virtual reality environment set up: sensors, handheld devices and goggles. The patient is given a set of goals to complete and the performance is then measured to assess if a patient is healing,” Tauno Otto, a professor at the Engineering Department of Taltech told tech portal Geenius.ee.
The solution is aimed at patients with decreasing cognition, for example those gone through a stroke. Through excercises, they can again develop their motorics and cognitive abilities. The quicker the treatment starts after a stroke, the more effectively the brain is able to restore its functions.
In addition to TalTech, a technical university in Tallinn, and East Tallinn Central Hospital, the project includes Italian STIIMA-CNR institute as a partner. The Italians have developed a set of excercises the patients will go through.
The excercises include everyday tasks such as going to a shop and getting items in the shopping list from the virtual shelves and paying for the items.