Vince Macri, 3DPreMotorSkill Technologies, LLC Published 1:35 p.m. ET Sept. 14, 2017 | Updated 1:35 p.m. ET Sept. 14, 2017
This is a call to survivors of stroke and/or traumatic brain injury to consider demonstrating our newest ‘games’ innovations. We at 3DPreMotorSkill Technologies, LLC research and develop special video game-like technology for survivors.
We have completed two clinical trials with 47 survivors. No survivor was harmed in any way and we do not sell or charge anything for participating in our research.
Our ‘games’ benefit from a natural ability we all have: motor imagery. Motor imagery implies visualizing body movements. If you can ‘think’ of your impaired limb making movements, our ‘games’ present virtual, controllable limbs you can use to act out your ‘thinking.’
Our first clinical trial was published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, JRRD Volume 51, Number 3, 2014 Pages 377–390: “Pilot study: Computer-based virtual anatomical interactivity for rehabilitation of individuals with chronic acquired brain injury.”
Our second clinical trial was reported at a conference in The Netherlands (poster sections below). Our full report is under peer review by the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Our mission is to help survivors to help themselves by ‘playing’ our self-movement-management ‘games’, called Pre-Action Games & Exercises (PAGEs).
PAGEs are easy and fun to play. First, you see a realistic virtual limb on a computer screen. The virtual limb represents your impaired limb. You control it to make realistic physical movements. A standard computer mouse is used to point the cursor to all or part of the virtual limb and click and drag it to simulate unimpaired movements.
While controlling the virtual limb a signal is automatically sent to a wearable hand movement device (WHMD). The WHMD physically and mildly manipulates your impaired left hand. The result is mental and physical feedback to you.
A limited number of survivors (approximately five) of stroke and/or traumatic brain injury will be selected to play PAGEs games. All games are free to volunteers and will take about 30 minutes to complete, here in Tallahassee.
- be 21 years of age or older
- have a moderate to mildly impaired (hemiparetic) left hand
- have consulted your physician, therapist and family and be in sub-acute or less intense therapy
- be responsible for their own consent and transportation to and from a location within Tallahassee
- be willing to try-out for selection (approximately 15 minutes).
- All we need for the selection try-out is you and an aide, if you like. Please email interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to add “WHMD” to the “Subject:” line, so that your response is read. Send any details you wish, such as left hand impairment and date of brain injury.