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An Architecture for Serious Games in Health Rehabilitation

Serious Games is a field of research that has been growing substantially with valuable contributions to many application areas. Traditional rehabilitation approaches are often considered repetitive and boring by the patients, resulting in difficulties to maintain their interest and to assure the completion of the treatment program. We describe a framework for the development of Serious Games that integrates a rich set of features including natural and multimodal interaction, social skills (collaboration and competitiveness) and progress monitoring which can be used to improve the designed games with direct benefits to the rehabilitation process. This improvement in the efficacy mainly follows from an increase in the patient’s motivation when exercising the rehabilitation tasks.

Author(s):

Paula Alexandra Rego    
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo
Portugal

Pedro Miguel Moreira    
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo
Portugal

Luís Paulo Reis    
Universidade do Minho
Portugal

 

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