Projects | VR and AR Lab | NC State ISE


Investigation of Virtual Reality Guided Upper Limb Exercises

Person performing a shoulder extension task in virtual reality by following a virtual instructor.

Shoulder pain is common in individuals with work-related musculoskeletal disorders, which can be disabling and hinders people from performing activities of daily living. While individuals seek conventional shoulder rehabilitation program for recovery guidance and support, new technology like virtual reality (VR) has gained increasing attention in physical rehabilitation.

Emergency Medicine Patient Lift Training Simulation in Virtual Reality

A participant performing an emergency medicine patient transfer task.

Musculoskeletal disorders are the largest category of workplace injuries in today’s workforce. Patient handling is a common cause of workplace musculoskeletal disorders among healthcare workers worldwide. Nine participants were first asked to complete the same three-part physical lift from the pilot study in order to calibrate the virtual exertions thresholds for three different weights; 100, 150, and 200 pounds. Participants then completed virtual lifts within the cave automated virtual environment.