The University of Auckland

Project #57: Augmented reality for stroke rehabilitation based on socio-digital strategies and indigenous knowledge

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Description:

We radically reconceptualise healthtech through exploring how to meld ‘addictive’ sociodigital algorithms with customized cultural content in augmented reality (AR), to motivate elders to exercise, with our exemplar being stroke rehabilitation. Keeping to an exercise plan is hard, particularly when rehabilitation exercises are, by necessity, repetitive and thereby lacking intrinsic interest. Researchers have begun to understand why social media keeps billions interested and coming back for more, through social sharing, social validation (i.e., “likes” on posts), and “infinite” user-generated- and rewarding content delivered with algorithmic precision. We imagine a future where keeping to your rehabilitation plan is deliberately as addictive as social media through harnessing the supportive and incentive power of the community.

The Māori model 'te whare tapa whā’ provides a fundamentally different starting point for healthtech innovation because it includes social, physical, mental and spiritual dimensions. We build from this starting point to investigate how to codesign interactive AR experiences that integrate all four dimensions.

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This will be the first AR rehabilitation system based on indigenous knowledge to involve communities of care through socio-digital engagement strategies and algorithmic content delivery.

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