Anderson, F., Annett, M. K., and Bischof, W. F. (2012). Augmented reality improves myoelectric prothesis training. International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, 9 pages.
This paper presents an augmented reality-based interface for the training of myoelectric prostheses. The new interface provides users with a natural and intuitive method to develop the muscles used to control a myoelectric prosthetic. We conducted a study comparing the new system to existing methods and found the augmented reality-based system to be superior in a number of subjective dimensions (enjoyment, perceived effort, competency, and pressure). We also found no significant difference between the systems in terms of muscle control development. In addition to improving the training process, the new interface has the potential to mitigate psychological issues arising from amputation (self-image, phantom limb pain), which are problems that cannot be addressed by existing approaches.
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