City Therapy VR is a low-cost, accessible virtual reality physical therapy treatment. Current physical therapy routines for broken bones and replaced hips are dull and painful, with no method of distraction or motivation. With the $20 Google Cardboard, a smartphone, and an Arduino, patients can look forward their daily physical therapy routine, now a city-building virtual reality game controlled by the movements of the limb being stretched.
In the Cardboard headset, the patient is introduced to the game, where they become a mayor at a desolate city they must rebuild. As the therapy progresses, the game encourages greater range of motion with a reward system. The greater the angle of movement, the more efficiently the buildings will be destroyed, and the more the created buildings will tower over the others.