Friday, 27 April 2012

Kinect Effect

Microsoft are keen to promote the Kinects application within healthcare. The following website explains more!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Xbox Kinect helps stroke patients recover.

By Laura McCardle

August 30, 2011

A state-of-the-art games console is being used to help patients regain mobility and balance after suffering a brain injury.

For the last six weeks Niamh Cronin, a clinical engineering student, has been using the innovative treatment as part of a project with occupational therapists on the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH).

Fundraising by the hospital’s League of Friends helped the unit to buy an Xbox Kinect, a hands-free games console which is operated by sensors that detect players’ movements rather than using controls.
The unit already uses a Nintendo Wii console but patients with severe impairments found it hard to use because it is controlled by a hand-held wand.

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