ORLANDO, Fla. — The University of Central Florida is teaming up with Orlando Health to launch a national study to see how well video game-based training helps children learn to use prosthetic limbs.
What You Need To Know
- UCF and Orlando Health have teamed up to study if video games can help children learn to use prosthetic limbs
- The study will evaluate how well the games help children prepare muscles that will allow them to control the limb
- Joshua Coffee is helping to develop the prosthetics; while Remy Marasa works on developing the video games
- Get more information on how to participate in the Limbitless study
Limbitless Solutions, along with Orlando Health Arnold Parmer Hospital for Children, will work with families evaluating how well video games help children prepare muscles for using bionic arms created by students and the Limbitless team.
Junior engineering major Joshua Coffee who helps create these special arms saying working with this team to help children makes his job worth it.
“It’s really fulfilling to know that the work that I do every day goes directly towards someone who needs it,” Coffee said.
Coffee is working with other UCF students like Remy Marasa, a studio art major, who is working with faculty on fine tuning a video game to help children getting prosthetic arms develop basic functions.
“You get a thumbs up, a pointer, pitch an open and a close,” Marasa said.
This study will include up to 20 children from across the country, giving them a chance to work with Orlando Health on creating this companion software.
According to UCF, the study will have an emphasis on recruiting in Central Florida and is open to children aged 7 to 17. There is no cost to participate, but funds to offset travel to the study sites at the hospital and UCF to meet with the study team are limited.
For Marisa, the lead painter for the prosthetics, helping kids is what matters most and fuels her interest in the program.
“See them get the arm for the very first time, put it on and see all of their emotions running then their parents with their siblings with them,” she said
It is a far-reaching impact Coffee, Marasa and the entire Limbitless team are making that, in fact, has no limits.
Participants have not yet been selected for the study.