Intel-GE Care Innovations Uses Microsoft Kinect Sensor To Help Elderly Patients

Kinect Sensor Solution

Intel-GE Care Innovations is a joint venture that was started to transform the way care is delivered by connecting patients in their homes with care teams—thus enabling patients to live independently whenever possible. They saw the problem of falls among the elderly and thought Kinect as the logical platform for addressing fall prevention and rehabilitation among. Their solution is built on Kinect for Windows v2 sensor which includes features such as enhanced field of view, improved picture resolution, enhanced skeletal tracking and Smoothing,  a feature in SDK 2.0 that makes it easier for developers to recognize joints in the Kinect image

At home, patients call up their personalized exercise program on a Windows tablet or PC, which is connected to a Kinect sensor. They then perform the exercises, again under the view of the Kinect sensor, and the system analyzes their movements and provides instructions to correct any mistakes. The system not only corrects errors, but it rewards good performance with points, adding a competitive element that many patients find highly motivating. Glynn praises this positive reinforcement element of the solution, pointing out that it motivates patients without being overly gamified. She also points out that the solution not only monitors and coaches patients in the comfort of their own home, but that it also sends data about the performance to their therapist, who can adjust the exercises as needed.

Source: Kinect for Windows

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