Augmented Exercise Biking with Virtual Environments for Elderly Users: Considerations on the use of auditory feedback

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Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) has been shown to function well as an assistive technology to physical therapy for elderly users. Elderly users, and more specifically retirement home residents, form a unique user group in this field, due to their characteristics and demands. In a case study, retirement home residents used an audio-visual virtual environment (VE) augmentation for an exercise bike. Besides a visual display, a soundscape was played to the subjects using headphones. The soundscape was not no- ticed wand the headphones were found to be obtrusive. In this paper, we consider and discuss possible approaches to alternative auditory and haptic delivery methods for future studies. These nonvisual displays need to fit the requirements and limitations of the retirement home subjects who are to exercise using the VE-based augmenta- tion from the case study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 40th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2014 and 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2014 : Music Technology Meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos
Number of pages4
PublisherNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Publication date1 Jan 2014
Pages1665-1668
ISBN (Print)9789604661374
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventICMC-SMC Conference 2014 - University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Duration: 14 Sep 201420 Sep 2014
Conference number: 40

Conference

ConferenceICMC-SMC Conference 2014
Number40
LocationUniversity of Athens
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period14/09/201420/09/2014

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Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Nursing home
  • Retirement home
  • Exercise
  • Virtual environments
  • Audio delivery methods
  • Haptics
  • Auditory spaces

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Bruun-Pedersen, J. R., Serafin, S., & Kofoed, L. B. (2014). Augmented Exercise Biking with Virtual Environments for Elderly Users: Considerations on the use of auditory feedback. In Proceedings - 40th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2014 and 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2014: Music Technology Meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos (pp. 1665-1668). National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84908874030&partnerID=8YFLogxK