Welcome to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Sensorimotor Technology Realization in Immersive Virtual Environments (STRIVE) Center. An approximately 4,000 ft2 facility, the STRIVE Center features a High-end Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) system, one of three in the world. The CAREN enables the assessment of a person’s cognitive and physiological performance as they interact with a fully immersive virtual environment. This world-class center provides a nexus for the clinical, academic, and government communities to collaborate on next generation clinical, operational, technology development, and advanced training research.
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory STRIVE Center was completed in June of 2016 and is operated by researchers from the Bioengineering Systems & Technologies Group. Financial support for the purchase of the High-end CAREN system and development of the STRIVE Center was provided by the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Director’s Office at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
The High-end Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) is a fully immersive virtual environment system manufactured by Motekforce Link. Housed within the STRIVE Center at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the 24-foot immersive dome offers a 360° visualization screen extending onto the treadmill surface, surround sound, an 18 camera motion capture system, and a dual-belt, instrumented treadmill mounted on a 6 degrees-of-freedom motion platform. The system is run by real-time software that allows researchers to introduce elements into the scene in a flexible manner. This High-end CAREN model is one of only three similar systems in the world.
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