It has taken me a while to finish analyzing and writing up my paper for the ICDVRAT in Chile, but it's finally done. Now I can start planning my clinical trial in Germany and I can also continue developing some new applications (e.g. spatial memory task) which I'd like to use there. I'll start posting some updates and possibly a video about editor scripting over the next days. An online trial for line bisections is also around the corner and I'm gonna need participants. So stay tuned!
My research seems to be taking off and going straight through the roof at the moment. Last week I secured a deal with a large German rehabilitation hospital to integrate my training tools into their day-to-day rehabilitation of patients with neuro-psychological deficits.
I will be going back to Germany in late September and I will most likely work with the patients for about 6 months. This gives me the opportunity to collect large amounts of data and push development of all my projects much further. Getting feedback from patients, therapists and actually seeing my applications perform in the midst of a clinical routine in this large hospital is an amazing opportunity for me.
On top of that I received news today that my main project, the evaluation of navigation through virtual environments, has been accepted for the ICDVRAT conference in Viña del Mar, Chile. I will travel to South America in late August to present my results there and show a glimpse of what's to come next in Germany. Great stuff! I'm very excited.
If anyone is also at the conference in Chile, let me know. I'd love to meet up.
Walking through virtual space sounds easy enough and simple input devices like a mouse, keyboard, or joystick usually suffice for the average to advanced user. But what if you are not dealing with 25-year-old gamers or computer science students? In 20 years we will laugh about this, because everybody will have grown up with computers and their interfaces. By then we will again struggle to implement the next generation of devices or technologies. For now I'd just be happy to make it possible to have people with no computer experience comfortably walk through virtual space.
I've been pretty swamped with my work at the HIT Lab NZ lately. We had an open house event last Friday and instead of presenting my current research project, I worked on a demo to show the visitors. I created a 3D model of the lab as a walkthrough to run in the VisionSpace theater. By not showing my current study I was able to recruit more participants (showing them the assessment environment means exclusion from the study). I'll post some pictures of the open house soon.
I also thought this HIT Lab model might be a good thing to showcase and dissect here on this site. I will throw together a video of how I created the model and imported it into Unity. It will probably take me a few days, so bear with me. I'm still testing plenty of participants right now with around 14 down and 25 to go. In the meanwhile I am starting to plan my next studies which I will conduct in Germany. I'm just finalizing the final project of my PhD with the Asklepios rehab clinic in Germany to run a study and integrate my computer assessments in their day-to-day routine. Fun times ahead.