Researchers at Ben-Gurion College of the Negev in Israel are constructing a tic-tac-toe sport to assist sufferers with their rehabilitation workouts. The sport is performed on a grid of packing containers and contains “embodied” and non-embodied play. Embodied play means a robotic arm will seize and place a marker – on this case a small cup – and non-embodied play contains shiny lights that mild as much as mark the pc’s spot.
The system makes use of a Kinova arm and cups. The cups are a part of the rehabilitation course of and assist customers study to understand and manipulate objects after an sickness or accident.
“Enjoying Tic Tac Toe with a set of cups (as a substitute of X’s and O’s) is one instance of a sport that may assist rehabilitate an higher limb,” stated Dr. Shelly Levy-Tzedek. “An individual can decide up and place many cups whereas having fun with a sport and bettering their efficiency of a each day process.”
Curiously the velocity of the robotic had an impact on the customers. A slower robotic would make customers carry out extra slowly whereas a sooner robotic sped up the sport. This may very well be used to switch the sport for particular person sufferers and particular person wants. As a result of the robotic by no means will get drained the rehabilitation workers can take note of the minute actions of a affected person, catering the velocity and kind of play as applicable for his or her particular rehabilitation regimens.
The analysis paper appeared in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.