Equipmemt for Grasp Therapy.
In collaboration with AWWA Community Home for Senior Citizens.
Oni is designed for self-motivated grasp therapy through the reminiscence of familiar routines.
Reaching to grasp objects is the most common arm activity performed in everyday life. Most stroke patients, however, lose their strength in one arm and have to go through rehabilitation to regain function. Rehabilitation is a long, dreadful experience for most elderly patients at AWWA. Having to perform repetitive, monotonous exercises for 10 minutes per round, most find themselves disengaged, having given up or cheating through the motions.
Oni gamifies one of such rehabilitation exercises, originally performed with just plastic cones. The concept is found on the key insight that familiarity of the gameplay facilitates self-motivation. During our testing stages, the seniors performed their exercises diligently, beyond the required minutes, without instructions to comply.
Oni is an interactive game that can be played with 3 wireless controllers, shaped with increasing difficulty of grasp. Each is programmed to recognise a different movement, including pouring, shaking, and spreading. These are common gestures used in daily life requiring quality of grasp. Dynamic visual feedback allows the user to control their actions, as they would in real life, hence increasing concentration, engagement and their overall therapy experience.