Phantom Limb Pain Virtual Reality Therapy

Phantom Limb Pain Therapy Virtual Reality Therapy

You learn something new everyday right? If not, you gotta get out more! Appearently, Phantom Limb Pain is a condition that effects people who have lost a limb and still experience a fair amount of pain originating from the missing limb. What this Kinect related projects aims to do is alleviate some of that pain by immersing the patient in a VR environment where the limb is present again. Must be some sort of Psychosomatic type of response from the brain which believes the limb is in tact. Very interesting concept to say the least.

In this paper we describe a novel approach to the implementation of such a system, using the Kinect game device for limb motion tracking, in conjunction with wireless motion sensors worn by the patient. We present some preliminary, but very encouraging, results based on an informal trial with a patient.

The project has a lot of components at play in order to accomplish all of this. Coinder, OpenNI, FBXKit along with Vusix HDM, Xbee Gyro Kit and a Razor 6DOF Chip to simulate rotation of the limb.

source code available at