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虚拟现实游戏如何改善痴呆症的诊断?

去年5月,当我们与 德国电信 and researchers at 伦敦大学学院(UCL) and the 东英吉利大学(UEA) to launch the citizen science project 海英雄任务, we could not have anticipated the sensational response the game would have. 的 mobile app put your sense of direction to the test and challenged you to feats of nautical navigation in the name of neuroscience.

A staggering three million of you downloaded the game, generating an enormous pool of data – the equivalent of many thousands of years of conventional laboratory research. This now makes 海英雄任务 the largest study of its kind in history!

科学家已经在处理您提供的数据,以揭示 有趣的见解 在整个国家,以及整个国家,男女之间的空间导航能力如何不同。但是这项工作只是冰山一角。

One of the earliest symptoms many people with dementia experience is an increased difficulty in finding their way around. We plan to use data from 海英雄任务 to help pinpoint exactly how navigation ability changes when someone develops dementia. Our ultimate aim is to develop a sensitive test that could help to diagnose dementia earlier and more accurately.

海英雄任务 VR

Today, an exciting new phase of the project gets underway with the launch of an innovative virtual reality version of the app. Anyone with the Samsung Gear VR system can now download 海英雄任务 VR for free and take part in even more, fun navigation challenges. But this time, instead of controlling a ship that you see in front of you on a screen, the VR headset places you directly at helm, from where you’ll be able to survey your surroundings and chart a course through tropical lagoons, icy ravines and swampy shores.

老年痴呆症’s 研究 UK Champion Fred Walker was one of the first people to try out 海英雄任务 VR. Fred lost his wife to 老年痴呆症’s disease after 46 years of marriage, and knows from his own experience how the condition can wreak havoc with a person’s navigation skills. You can hear Fred’s thoughts about the game in this 视频 .

为什么要VR?

我们知道,乍一看,VR有时似乎有些复杂或令人生畏。有些人可能还把它看作是一种未来派的泛滥之举,它比对大众而言可靠的工具更具新颖性。我们的经验告诉我们其他情况。去年我们带出了 穿越痴呆症,这是一种虚拟现实体验,会让您陷入痴呆症患者的生活。现在有成千上万的人试用了该应用程序,几乎所有与我们交谈的人都评论了该技术的强大功能以及其使用的简便性。

One of the primary reasons for developing 海英雄任务 for VR is that this is the likely format of the diagnostic tool that we’re working towards. VR doesn’t require people to learn any new skills, you can just put on a headset and look around as if you’re in the real world. This intuitive interface opens up the study to people who might not be used to playing touch-screen games and means it may be more accessible for many people living with dementia.

就像使用移动应用程序一样,您在VR游戏中所做的每一个举动都会被记录下来,并发送匿名数据供科学家研究。尽管移动游戏已经能够提供大量有用的信息,但VR体验具有在三个维度上跟踪玩家运动的额外好处。通过捕获微妙的,直观的动作,例如当您不确定方位时停止四处看看,VR游戏将提供更深刻的洞察力,以深入了解我们在尝试从A到B时所表现出的一系列复杂行为。

从实验室到您的家

曾经玩过移动应用程序的人会熟悉VR游戏的某些元素,但是虚拟现实的属性现在使我们能够利用最广泛使用的基于实验室的空间导航评估之一。

莫里斯水迷宫 was first developed in 1981 and since this time it has become a mainstay for researchers working to understand or promote spatial navigation. 的 task was developed for research with rats and involves them using visual cues, such as pictures on the walls, to orientate themselves and make their way to a target destination. With so much research already having made use of the 莫里斯水迷宫, scientists have a deep understanding of the task and how performance on the test relates to different facets of brain function. 海英雄任务 will now allow us to build on this understanding using data from people who play the virtual reality game.

Improving the diagnosis of dementia is a key goal of our work at 老年痴呆症’s 研究 UK, and we’re delighted to continue to work with 德国电信 as they expand their vision of 海英雄任务. Future treatments are likely to be most effective at the earliest stages of the condition, before there has been too much damage to the brain. 海英雄任务 is a great example of how your support is allowing us to harness the latest technology and adopt innovative new approaches to improve lives for people with dementia.

您可以通过以下方式帮助支持该项目 捐赠 或访问 seaheroquest.com 了解如何下载移动应用和VR游戏。

4 Comments

  1. 梅格 在2017年8月29日下午5:43

    嗨我’d like to play 海英雄任务 VR to help with dementia research. I do not have VR hardware. I use an iPhone. Please let me know how long it will be before this game is available for iPhone, and what VR bit of gear I need to buy to play it using iPhone. Thanks

    • ARUK博客编辑器 于2017年8月30日上午8:03

      嗨,梅格,
      我们不’t have a Virtual Reality version of the game planned for other devices at the moment. We do have a non VR version of 海英雄任务 on the Apple App Store – //itunes.apple.com/gb/app/seaheroquest/id1034383306?mt=8. Playing 海英雄任务 on your iPhone will help dementia research.
      最好,
      ARUK博客编辑器

  2. 塞萨尔·科尔特斯 在2017年9月7日下午4:50

    您好!,希望您过得愉快。

    我叫CésarCortez,我’我目前正在攻读博士学位。在瓜达拉哈拉大学(墨西哥大学)从事空间记忆,严肃游戏和虚拟现实的研究。一世’我对你很感兴趣“Sea Hero Quest”我认为该项目的目标很棒,特别是在当今痴呆症已成为世界范围内巨大问题的今天,另一方面,将痴呆症变成现实的方式是从用户那里收集所有信息’真是太神奇了,我希望所有这些信息都可以带来新的方法来对抗与痴呆症相关的各种疾病。我有一个问题问你…拥有所有这些信息,您打算将来使用大数据吗?人工智能呢?

    此致CésarCortez。

    信息技术博士学位。
    墨西哥瓜达拉哈拉大学。

  3. SAP技术引领数字化转型 于2018年8月2日6:00

    这个博客是关于VR游戏如何改善诊断的。如何工作和发展。这是有用的信息。谢谢!

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