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Inside LARRS

The LARRS is equipped with state-of-the art, high-tech equipment such as three driving simulators, a virtual reality treadmill, two eye trackers, electro-encephalogram, balance platform, and computerized cognitive and visual assessment batteries.

STISIM Drive® M500WS-OT-Console
The STISIM Drive® M500WS-OT-Console system is an interactive driving simulator, powered by the programmable STISIM Drive® software engine. The driving simulator was specifically designed for clinical and research applications related to medical conditions.

Integrated into an advanced evaluation-friendly console environment, the driving simulator includes three 27-inch monitors that enable a 135° driver field-of-view, an advanced full-size steering wheel with dynamics-based feedback, and foot pedals that provide a realistic driving experience. Scenario Definition Language is used to create simulated scenarios to evaluate and train lane tracking, reaction time, hazard perception, visual field, visual scanning, and executive function in a driving environment for drivers with a neurological condition, visual impairment, as well as healthy drivers of all ages.

Photo of man on C-Mill treadmill

The C-Mill® from Motekforce Link is a treadmill for evaluation and training of impaired gait and balance using augmented and virtual reality. The virtual environment can be used to disrupt or improve gait in persons with neurological conditions. These virtual reality images are projected either on the belt or on the screen in front of the belt. A force platform integrated in the belt is used for measures or gait kinematics.

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Force Plate
The AMTI OPT464508 is a force plate to measure ground-reaction forces generated by a body while standing. It features high sensitivity and accuracy while evaluating balance from three-dimensional components.

FOVIO Eye Tracker
The second-generation FOVIO® Eye Tracker from Seeing Machines, Inc. is a remote eye tracker that captures eye movements (saccades, latency, speed), blinks, and pupil size at a rate of 60 Hz. The eye tracker is primarily used to evaluate visual scanning and cognitive workload in simulator-based driving environments.

SMI Eye Tracker
The SMI ETG 2w from SensoMotoric Instruments is a head-mounted eye tracker with the same specifications as the FOVIO® Eye Tracker. This eye tracker is used to study eye movements and cognitive workload during balance activities, with a particular focus on cognitive-motor interference in neurological conditions.

Photo of lady placing electro-encephalogram on man's head

The Quik-Cap EEG from Compumedics Neuroscan is an electro-encephalogram cap that monitors electromagnetic activity in the brain through electrodes on the head. The EEG cap is used primarily to monitor brain activity level during cognitive and simulator testing.

Photo of the Useful Field Of View instrument

The Useful Field Of View (UFOV®) from Visual Awareness, Inc is a cognitive test that evaluates driving-related speed of information processing, divided attention, and selective attention. This instrument is mainly used to predict future crash risk involvement in older drivers and drivers with a neurological condition.

Photo of vision screener equipment

Keystone Vision Screener
The Keystone Vision Screener is an instrument that evaluates basic visual sensory functions including acuity, depth perception, eye coordination, contrast sensitivity, and visual field.

Last modified: Jul 26, 2018

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Activities and Updates

Hannes Devos and Melike Kahya from LARRS are presenting a special symposium at the annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Dallas Sept 30-Oct. 3.

The LARRS driving simulator has been fitted with hand controls and spinner knob. Hand controls enable braking and acceleration by hands while the steering spinner knob allows one-handed steering.

Two LARRS students presented their poster at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meetings 2018 in New Orleans, La in February 2018. The poster by Melike Kahya and Kevin Williams is titled "Does Pupillometry Reflect Change in Postural Control: A Proof-of-Concept Study."

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