The Virtual Haptic Back Project Homepage
This project is supported by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.
We are the first group (1999) to apply haptics (force and touch feedback to the user) and VR technology to support research and medical student training in the field of Osteopathic Medicine.
This is a project of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuromusculoskeletal Research at Ohio University, also supported by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.
VHB Version 5 with Dual PHANToM 3.0s VHB Version 7 (transparent practice mode)
A Virtual Haptic Back (VHB) model
is under development by a cross-disciplinary team of researchers at
Our recent results show that training with the VHB significantly improves the students’ accuracy and time to identify random somatic dysfunctions. Subjective osteopathic student feedback is also very positive regarding the potential of the VHB as an augmentation, with immediate automated feedback, for their OMM training.
VHB in OMM Laboratory Medical student practicing with the VHB
Our software will soon be available outside of