This article explores the use of virtual reality for upper-limb amputee rehabilitation and describes the system used with the DEKA Arm. This virtual reality program allows users to practice controlling an avatar using the controls designed to operate the DEKA Arm in the real world. We provide highlights from our experiences training amputees to use the full DEKA Arm with a virtual reality system. A case example of a subject using the full DEKA Arm with powered shoulder is presented. Finally, the article recommends future research and suggests use of virtual reality systems in amputee rehabilitation.
Volume 48 Number 6, 2011
Pages 707 — 718
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