Newcastle University’s team of neuroscientists, together with people from Limbs Alive, is determined to develop video games which will aid stroke patients in overcoming their inability to use their limbs. The perk is that it is more cost-effective and patients can play the games at the comforts of their homes. Another feature being developed by the team is the fact where patients will be monitored by their therapist even if the latter is not in the general proximity of the patients.
The first action video game released is called “Circus Challenge” (see video below) where patients use wireless controllers in order to learn skills used in the circus like juggling, high diving, lion taming, and plate spinning. Players can work their way through difficult levels at their own pace. The game (which includes tasks for gross and fine motor skills) is designed to help patients steadily increase strength and skills of hands or legs but still makes sure to create fun!
The system uses next-generation motion controllers which can adjust to the different players capacity so family members or friends of stroke patients can enjoy with game together.
As of the moment, Newcastle University Team plans to develop more games and in the future would like to include support for other sickness like Dementia.