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Alpha: 2016

Platform: PC Steam

Description:

VR prototype game made in 3 months with a team of three. Our team was personally given an HTC Vive-Pre before launch to work on a proof of concept. The concept was to provide better physical therapy, by providing longer and thus more effective sessions through fun interactions. I picked up some queues on physical therapy through my mother; a Physical Therapy Teacher. 

 

Contributions:

  • Game Design

  • Rigging

  • Animation

  • Sound design

Goal:

To provide better physical therapy, by providing longer and thus more effective sessions through fun interactions. We wanted to provide a service for a variety of patients that would go in for physical therapy. 

Mascot:

Daruma is a traditional wishing doll used for setting goals. The tradition is you paint one eye and leave it incomplete until you finish your goal. Which was a perfect role model for getting people motivated to exercise?

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Physician Controlled Environment:

There is so much value in having the ability to manipulate the environment as a game designer. With minimal training, a physician could create a paced and personalized experience for a patient. This would be vital in handling cases of severe impairment. Patients are to catch an object and put it in the blue box!


 To show this a little, we have a physician use a controller to move a cannon side to side. They can then fire a cannon at any time! Forcing the player to dodge which is a good movement exercise on its own. 

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Foot Tracking:

This was before the invention of the Vive independent trackers. So we used a custom made strap that mounted to the top of the shin. It was a good exploration in physical therapy because not all patients would have the use of their arms. We wanted to provide a wide variety of options. 

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Balance: 

Patients would use their head to knock a beach ball up and break coconuts with their heads. This is a simple case but requires some fall prevention. People seemed to love this for its absurdity. 

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Awards:

Games for health most popular at show 2016

Even ended up in their promo video. https://youtu.be/G_fvSFl7pP0