alexa Abstract | Intuitive Navigation in Computer Applications for People with Parkinsons
ISSN: 2090-2719

Journal of Biomusical Engineering
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Research is reported concerning the development of intuitive navigation within a music-dance application designed for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Following a review of current research into the use of motion-sensing cameras in therapeutic contexts, we describe the method by which a relatively low-cost motion-sensing camera was coupled with a rotatable function menu. The rotatable element of the system enabled navigation of the entire menu using only two, readily performable and distinct gestures: side-swipe for function browsing; down-swipe for function selecting. To aid acceptance amongst the target audience, people with PD (who tend to be relatively elderly), the rotatable function menu was rendered as a ballerina jewelry box, with appropriate texturing and music-box style musical accompaniment. Menu implementation employed a game engine, and a software development kit allowed direct access to the camera’s functionality, enabling gesture recognition. For example, users’ side-swipe gestures spun the jewelry box (as if interacting with an object in the real world) until a desired function, presented on each facet of the box, was forward facing. Also described are features and settings, designed to ensure safe and effective use of the application, and help maintain user motivation and interest.

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Author(s): Matthew H Woolhouse and Alex Zaranek


Dance and music, Parkinson’s disease, Rotatable function menu Motion-sensing camera, Gesture recognition, Game engine, Musical Acoustics, Bio Musicology, Vocal Therapy, Psychoacoustics

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