10/01/2013– intro to Visual Touch Therapy

This section is dedicated to documentation about my current project, Visual Touch Therapy (working title, if someone has a better idea let me know). Since it’s fairly ambitions, and there’s going to be more updates than I can easily sort, I figured I would make a special section for it and link sub-pages to it. Hopefully it will keep things from getting too messy… but just getting this post to show up has been a major headache.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Visual Touch Therapy is a software program that uses the Leap Motion gesture controller as an interface for physical therapy training for people with difficulty using their motor skills, such as those with spinal cord injuries, head injuries, nerve damage, or stroke patients.

It uses conventional video game and sports games and imagery in conjunction with repetitive movement exercises as well as hand-eye co-ordination challenges, to provide a method of therapy that is rewarding and gives more immediate feedback than traditional methods.

The software platform is Processing/JAVA and the hardware is a traditional Leap Motion controller.