NICOSIA, Cyprus, Nov. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CYENS researchers Dr. Christos Ioannou and Prof. Marios Avraamides participated in the healthTECH exhibition in Yokohama, Japan from October 12-14, 2022 to present their respective projects, TONE and PULSEVR. The team seeks to relate to the Japanese industry to create synergies and collaborations.
TONE is a digital biofeedback tool developed by Dr. Ioannou. The objective of this tool is to prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate musculoskeletal disorders caused by repetitive movements during work. These types of task-specific disorders often occur in musicians and athletes. The biofeedback mirror tool uses electromyography and motion-tracking sensors to display full-body musculo-postural feedback that simulates the user's movement in real time. The mirror tool provides corrective information to help users overcome work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
"Imagine a mirror that shows you what your posture and muscles are doing while you play an instrument or exercise. If something goes wrong, you'll know immediately and can correct yourself. This means avoiding repetitive action injuries or relief from pain caused by musculoskeletal imbalances. Our tool gives any user the opportunity to observe in real time how certain activities affect their own body," said Dr. Ioannou.
PULSEVR, developed by Professor Avraamides with SilverSky Ltd., is a virtual reality (VR) application that aims to treat public speaking anxiety (PSA). Stage fright or public speaking is often accompanied by a series of physical and emotional reactions that pose a threat to mental health. PULSEVR applies interventions from clinical and cognitive psychology and is part of a broader set of VR applications that combine VR with eye-tracking and wearable sensors to treat anxiety-related conditions.
"PULSEVR is quite different from any other application in this field as it does not rely on desensitization. We know from research that this does not work well in the long term. PULSE offers something that really works," said Professor Avraamides.
CYENS Center of Excellence is a joint venture of three public universities in Cyprus - the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Open University of Cyprus -, the City of Nicosia and two renowned international partners - the Max Planck Institute for Informatics , from Germany, and University College London, from the United Kingdom. CYENS is funded by Horizon 2020 of the EU and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. For more information visit www.cyens.org.cy
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