More than 2 million Americans are affected by a stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or some other neurological condition which makes it difficult for them to move their hand and legs. Physical therapy can help these people, but professional treatments are often time-limited and expensive, and they frequently lack sufficient intensity to create lasting change. The Ohio State University has developed a therapeutic game called Recovery Rapids based on Microsoft Kinect sensor and it is now being used by lots of patients.
With Recovery Rapids, the Ohio State team has designed a home-based computer game that provides convenient access to CI therapy at a low cost. The player, who can be seated or standing, controls an onscreen kayaker, using movements of his or her weaker hand and arm to perform such tasks as paddling the kayak, navigating around barriers, and plucking bottles from the river. The Kinect sensor captures body movements of the player and replicates them on the screen, so the player gets immediate feedback. The Kinect-based game requires no joystick or controller, so it’s ideal for people who have no experience with video games. What’s more, Recovery Rapids’ intensive rehabilitation can be customized to the needs and limitations of the individual so that it focuses on specific movements and increases in difficulty as the player’s function improves.
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