Scientists have created a new system to help stroke patients recover manual agility that utilizes Kinect, the motion-sensing peripheral for the Xbox 360 vide ogame console.
The University of Southampton, in association with Roke Manor Research, has developed an algorithm that uses Kinect to track and measure hand joint angles and the fine dexterity of individual finger movements among stroke victims.
It is hoped that this can be used to create a series of video games that will help patients to perform regular and precise exercises in an engaging way, with data being fed back to clinicians monitoring their progress.
This will complement the home-based physiotherapy care already offered to UK patients and reduce their need for regular hospital visits.
For further details, see University of Southampton