Monday, December 17, 2012

Project SuperPop: Use Of Kinect For Improving Motor Skills

Is there anything Kinect cannot do?
 
Scientists at Georgia Tech's Human-Automation Systems Lab are working on a project (Project SuperPop) that would help therapists better kids' motor skills and gather a ton of data that would allow them analyze progression/ regression during rehabilitation.
 
The set up is very simple - all it has is a Kinect and a display. What the children see on the display is a game that requires them to pop balloons. Typically, kids would get excited and start popping those balloons right away, but what they wouldn't know is that the good ol' Kinect is tracking their arm movements and sending all the data to a computer!
 
This data can be used by therapists in evaluating the progress kids are making and for giving them the necessary direction required for bettering their motor skills. This setup has been designed for kids (especially the ones with Cerebral Palsy) that need to enhance their motor skills.
 
An extremely simple arrangement that can  be extremely beneficial! What are your thoughts on this? Would something like this be widely accepted by therapists?
 
Watch the video for a demo of Project SuperPop.
 

Source: Engadget
 

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