Award to virtual reality that does good in the real world
Helena Fordell, Brain Stimulation AB, receives the SKAPA award and 25 000 SEK, on account of developing a unique treatment method, using VR technology and a 3D environment, for both diagnosis and rehabilitation of stroke patients that suffer from neglect. The innovation “RehAtt” provides stroke patients with a stimulating, entertaining and effective treatment.
Almi företagspartner Nord, the inventors association of Umeå and Skellefteå together with Uminova Innovation, have evaluated the nominees and selected Västerbotten’s representative in Sweden’s most prestigious competition for inventors, the SKAPA award. As a regional champion Helena Fordell is a contestant in the national final at the SKAPA Innovation’s gala on 9 November, when 550 000 SEK will be spit by, at the most, three winners.
The explanatory statement for the award goes as follows: “The winner of Västerbotten’s SKAPA award 2017 has developed a treatment method that both diagnose and train stroke patients that suffer from neglect. By combining VR technology with scientific findings about the brains ability to heal and mend, they have been able to create a unique three-dimensional environment for training and rehabilitation. This environment offers stroke patients with a simulating, entertaining and effective treatment.”
Text: Mikael Hansson, translated by Karin Borge Renberg