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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