A student’s concussion leads to Kinect-enabled diagnostic app

(Portions of this story first appeared in the Daily Edventures blog) Sports-related concussions are a hot topic—not just in the National Football League, which has instituted a concussion protocol to protect injured players—but in collegiate and high school athletic departments as well. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that concussions have risen 200…


Gaming for the greater good

Big games are nothing new at the University of Michigan (UM). Just ask any UM alum about the cross-state rivalry with Michigan State or—shudder—the annual football grudge match against Ohio State. But big-time sports aren’t the only games that matter in Ann Arbor, as Dr. David Chesney’s students will tell you. Every year, students in…


Kinect gaming with a mission

Walking through the grocery store, you spy a bag of potato chips on the shelf. They’re your favorite—sea salt and vinegar—and they’re on special! Without breaking stride, you snag a bag from the display and continue on your way, hopefully in search of a more nutritious food choice. Easy for most of us, but not…


Kinect-powered rehab system gets FDA clearance

Back in June, we featured a story about Reflexion Health and its innovative application that uses Kinect for Windows to help physical therapy patients. As we described at that time, the application, called Vera, was being tested at five medical centers. Now we are pleased to report that Reflexion Health has received 510(k) clearance from…


Kinect aids physical therapy

Take the latest Kinect sensor, a PC, a high-definition monitor, and an onscreen avatar—and what do you have? The newest first-person shooter game for Xbox? Nope. What you have is one of most carefully designed physical therapy (PT) systems available: Kinapsys. Created by RM ingénierie, a French company that designs and develops software for the…


Gamified therapy offers hope to the elderly

Dementia: the statistics are sobering. According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, with 7.7 million new cases occurring every year. In the United States alone, there are currently more than 5 million people with Alzheimer’s, and that number is predicted to double…


Kinect helps detect PTSD in combat soldiers

“War is hell.” So proclaimed U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman, whose experiences during the American Civil War surely made him an expert on the subject. But for some soldiers and veterans, the hell doesn’t stop when combat ends. It lingers on as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that can make it all but impossible…


Kinect app for physical therapy put to the test

A year ago, during the 2014 BUILD conference, we profiled Reflexion Health, a San Diego-based software startup that had developed a promising Kinect for Windows application to track physical therapy patients’ exercise sessions. We’re now pleased to report that this application, called Vera, is being piloted by five medical centers, including Brooks Rehabilitation, one of…


Sick children get a dose of Kinect-enabled empowerment

A seriously ill child is every family’s nightmare. So it’s no wonder that young patients and their families are filled with anxiety when a child requires frequent hospital visits. And while a great bedside manner can help alleviate the stress, a hospital, even a pediatric one, can still be a frightening place for kids and…


Australian study looks at the use of technology in rehabilitating brain-injured patents

A research team with members from seven major Australian hospitals and universities is evaluating the use of technology, including Kinect-enabled games, in helping patients recover from brain injuries. Buoyed by the results of a 60-patient pilot, which found that participants enjoyed using the technology and that it helped improve their balance, the full-blown study involves…