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MoKey - a versatile exergame creator for everyday usage

Eckert, Martina; López, Márcos; Lázaro, Carlos; Meneses Chaus, Juan Manuel
Resumen:
Currently, virtual applications for physical exercises are highly appreciated as rehabilitation instruments. This article presents a middleware called "MoKey" (Motion Keyboard), which converts standard off-the-shelf software into exergames (exercise games). A configurable set of gestures, captured by a motion capture camera, is translated into the key strokes required by the chosen software. The present study assesses the tool regarding usability and viability on a heterogeneous group of 11 participants, aged 5 to 51, with moderate to severe disabilities, and mostly bound to a wheelchair. In comparison with FAAST (The Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit), MoKey achieved better results in terms of ease of use and computational load. The viability as an exergame creator tool was proven with help of four applications (PowerPoint®, e-book reader, Skype®, and Tetris). Success rates of up to 91% have been achieved, subjective perception was rated with 4.5 points (from 0-5). The middleware provides increased motivation due to the use of favorite software and the advantage of exploiting it for exercise. Used together with communication software or online games, social inclusion can be stimulated. The therapists can employ the tool to monitor the correctness and progress of the exercises.
Año:
2017
Tipo de publicación:
Artículos en revistas científicas
Palabras clave:
Activities of daily living, computer access, electronic aids to daily living, neuromuscular impairment, older adults, rare degenerative diseases, universal design, usability
Revista:
Assistive Technology
Páginas:
1-10
Mes:
December
ISSN:
1040-0435
DOI:
10.1080/10400435.2017.1406016
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