XBox, the electronic gaming ensemble from Microsoft has gained widespread popularity amongst youth for its flashy interactive games. A powerful home entertainment tool, the surprise is that the University of Missouri is now plying Xbox's Kinect suite to serve a medical function in helping to prevent old people from falling, and to assist stroke patients regain movement.
Marjorie Skubic, a professor in the college’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department told WebProNews: "With Kinect, we can gather finely grained, gait data – walking speed, stride length, step time, and we can see detailed trends over time to determine subtle changes and determine very early whether there is functional decline and fall risk.”
Microsoft says it is investigating with Kinect, to see if stroke patients can regain movement, access operating room information, and employ it in physical therapy to work with children with developmental disabilities.
“Honestly, what we know about here at Microsoft is but a tiny fraction of what is actually going on,” Microsoft’s Bill Crounse told the media source. A medical doctor and the company’s senior director of worldwide health, Crouse added: "Everywhere I go in the world – every hospital, college or public health organization, people are already doing something with Kinect or they plan to.”