Now this neat and how “gamification” should work and not some portal wanting to play a game to enteimager data to sell:)  The system uses game like exercises to evaluate motor skills.  Coordination and motor skills are the focus.  You get to see your scores if you are the patient as well.  The final program is a game that allows exercise with reflexes.  Jintronix is the company who created the Kinect software.

It can be used in a clinic or as a stand alone therapy device at home.   This type of virtual values is ok as it’s serving a purpose to help rehab for a persona in the “real world”.   Here’s a couple videos that shows how it works.  A couple other classic posts below are interesting as well with Kinect being used in a PACS system and with the DaVinci Surgical robot.    I always found that one kind of fascinating to have a million dollar or better robot work with the $150.00 Kinect unit. 

Kinect And DaVinci Surgical Robot Do Simulated Surgery Suturing Together (Video)
Microsoft Kinect Working with a PACS Server-Images on Steroids Via Gestures (Video)

In addition for more information visit the MSDN Health blog  where Dr. Crounse from Microsoft tells you more about the story on the FDA process and more about Jintronix.  This was the first FDA approval for a Kinect product.  BD 

We’ve seen how the Microsoft Kinect device can be used for more than just gaming. We’ve seen it being used in the medical field, and now the FDA has recently approved the Kinect for use in the treatment of patients who have suffered from a stroke. Jintronix is a company that makes physical rehab software, and one of their software is designed for the Kinect and used to help treat patients who have had a stroke.

According to Shawn Errunza, Jintronix CEO, “We’re very excited about receiving FDA clearance, which paves the way for Jintronix to help in the rehabilitation of countless stroke victims.” One of ways that stroke patients can recover proper use of their limbs is by participating in physical activities and exercises.


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