Virtual reality just might be the next thing for physio in Rouse Hill and across the world, if a company in India has anything to say about it.
Tata Consultancy Services, alongside Barclays, set up VHAB, a virtual reality platform aimed at improving the physiotherapy regimen of children dealing with loco motor disabilities due to autism and/or cerebral palsy. It brings together motion sensors, progressive analytics, finger mapping, gesture analysis, as well as real-time simulation in an immersive VR environment in order to generate gamified and personalised simulated environments that they can interact with.
The programme is set up at the Zep Rehabilitation Centre outside of Pune, among others. TCS VP & Head of Incubation, Research and Innovation Anita Nanadikar says that the platform has already been rolled out to four schools in Kerala in 2018, help around 500 kids.
Zep Rehabilitation Centre Principal Netra Patkar says that the platform, which might be the next thing to come to physio in Rouse Hill and across the world, allows them to measure the progress their kids are making and lets therapists adjust the level of physiotherapy accordingly. He notes that Zep sees around 100 kids, aged from 2 to 14, with several issues, like Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and learning difficulties.
The Rehabilitation Centre explained that all of them need some form of physical therapy, and they respond well to VR and gadgets thanks to their being visual learners, so they’re happy to try the VHAB, which also helps with building skills.
Virtual and augmented reality for therapy is gaining popularity in India, due to the fact that it helps in keeping track and measure the progress of kids, which was, in the past, done in a more arbitrary manner. There is also the fact that kids acclimate to VR and AR faster and easier, which allows for a more engaging way to administer needed therapy. The VHAB platform is aimed at covering the full scale of the autism spectrum, given time.
The company is eager to work with partners, like Barclays, in order to deploy the platform in India and across the world, which is good news for the medical industry, as well as for kids dealing with physical disabilities, and is a good example of how technology can be used to improve the well-being of people.