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VR rehabilitation

The team from Hallam's Cultural, Communication, and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) have developed two unique approaches to child health technology using VR, and collaborated with departments of Psychology and the University of Sheffield.

Led by Ivan Phelan, they are exploring trials in virtual reality climbing and archery games to help children with hand and arm injuries - and even those needing to adjust to prosthetic limbs.

They are testing it out with schoolchildren as well as in clinical situations to assess the viability of rolling out this type of technology following the research programme.

Prior to this the team had already worked on a VR game that could help distract patients needing to receive painful treatment, as the video below demonstrates.

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