Kinect Could Be Used for Stroke Victim Rehabilitation

The device can help doctors assess patient progress

The Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom will create a device that uses the Kinect motion tracking system from Microsoft in order to help in the rehabilitation process for stroke victims.

The concept will use motion tracking to monitor the face of the patient, including minute details that human eyes might miss, as they perform a series of facial exercises.

Dr. Philip Breedon, reader in smart technologies at Nottingham Trent University's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, tells Eurogamer that, “It is hoped that improved rehabilitation will be achieved through two methods; firstly by the patient themselves getting real-time feedback on position and magnitude of asymmetries on the face, along with their changes over time, thus showing where to concentrate their efforts.”

The therapist will also see data created by the exercise routines and he will have more information for his treatment decisions.

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