Physical-Virtual Patient Bed
Currently healthcare practitioners use patient simulators such as actors, mannequins, and computer based simulations for learning and training.I am exploring effects of co-locating sensory cues (i.e. visual and haptic) vs the separation of these cues during a patient simulation in terms of performance, perception of realism, and cognitive load. To do so, I designed and developed a prototype for a patient simulator that combines dynamic visual cues with haptic and auditory cues in one physical space where all those cues are co-located (integrated). This prototype is what I refer to as the Physical-Virtual Patient Bed (PVPB).