The SHIVA project aims to create a tool that combines virtual reality, advanced geometric modelling, gesture analysis and digital fabrication in a framework for the modelling and physical fabrication of 3-dimensional shapes and objects. The system will be simple to use and disseminate, specifically enabling and improving the quality of life for individuals with impairments, by facilitating and promoting social inclusion and interaction. It will use, provided that patient pathologies allows for it, hands-free interaction, based on currently available hardware systems. Some of the most complex aspects of the system will be transparent to the user or patient. This will enable individuals with or without impairments who use the system to be able to interact with and model 3-dimensional objects that can then be physically manufactured. A set of specific interfaces will also be implemented for children with very low physical abilities (two-states interfaces for example).
We will target two sections of the population:
- Adults that need cognitive rehabilitation.
- Children and young adults that have disabilities, at various level s of seriousness , and who need a compensation tool to access artistic activities
The project is concerned with the following pathologies:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Cerebral Vascular Accident
- Evolutive pathologies such as multiple sclerosis
- Degenerative Rheumatic pathologies
- Shoulder pathologies
- Cerebral Palsy