A Virtual Reality Telerehabilitation System for Analyzing Accessibility of the Built Environment: A Field EvaluationBy Kim, Jongbae, PhD; Brienza, David M., PhD; RESNA 29th International Annual Conference 2006,
Publication Date: 2006
Paper focuses on the design and development of a Virtual Reality Telerehabilitation System (VRTS) created to enable clinicians to assess the wheelchair accessibility of the built environments from a remote location. The researchers utilized commercial software to create three-dimensional virtual environments from photographs of the environment, which could then be evaluated in detail from remote locations. A total of three houses were assessed via the VRTS for three imaginary participants. Results from this evaluation were compared with those conducted by an architecture firm, as the results indicated that the VRTS was reliable and lower in cost when compared to the traditional practice of hiring an architecture firm. This paper was written by researchers at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)