City University London researchers have developed a game-like virtual world for people with post-stroke speech impediments to practice their communication skills. Called EVA Park, the virtual world resembles Second Life, but is focused on getting the player to communicate with characters about mundane everyday things.

To keep players engaged, the conversations and situations have quirky aspects that make them fun. EVA Park has places like a bar, where you can practice ordering a warm pint of English beer, and a hair salon, where you can work on asking for your hair to be done just like how you like it.

The researchers conducted a study of EVA Park with stroke patients suffering from aphasia, demonstrating the software’s effectiveness in improving communications skills while keeping patients actually interested in using it on a regular basis.

Read more: EVA Park Virtual World Helps Stroke Patients Regain Speaking Skills | Medgadget

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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