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Kinect Assists Stroke Victims With Home Rehab
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WKash,
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2/4/2014 | 6:37:39 PM
Re: Welcome tool for stroke victims
kdawsonedn, Thanks for pointing to the TED Talk. Will check that out.
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kadawson,
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2/4/2014 | 5:32:51 PM
Re: Welcome tool for stroke victims
Lorna, I don't know what level of Kinect the Microsoft project is using, but Jintronix is still on the first version. I'm sure they will move with the platform's evolution, but the first step is to get the product into use helping patients. I don't know much about Kinect v2, except that I've read that it can track many more points on the body (also many more "players," but that facility is not so useful in this application).

Perhaps there is a place for technology in helping stroke patients regain speech fluency as well. VR is making great strides, between Nuance's local recognition and the cloud-assisted VR demonstrated by Apple and Google.
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kadawson,
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2/4/2014 | 5:30:00 PM
Re: Welcome tool for stroke victims
Microsoft surely has hit a home run with the Kinect, and the uses they are putting it to (beyond gaming) are indeed inspiring.

Have you seen Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk? She's an example of a quite amazing degree of recovery; but she had the help of her mother for a number of years in order to get there. Here's hoping that these Kinect-based tools are but the first of many technology solutions that accelerate the process for stroke patients.
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WKash,
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2/4/2014 | 5:30:00 PM
Re: Welcome tool for stroke victims
It couldn't be too hard to develop the app.  With Kinect voice recognition, you can control and interact with your Xbox One console by using voice commands, just by saying "Xbox." The challenge will be for those stroke victims who have a hard time getting their words out.  But the possibilities are very interesting.

 
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Lorna Garey,
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2/4/2014 | 5:13:29 PM
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Agreed Wyatt, this is great. I wonder if there's an application for the voice command function.
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WKash,
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2/4/2014 | 4:10:46 PM
Welcome tool for stroke victims
I'm probably one of millions of Americans who watched a parent go through the incredible struggle of rehabilitation following a devastating stroke.  We were lucky in getting him into one of the best rehab centers in the country.  But the recovery process was long, difficult, and not very sucessful.  So tools like this are exciting and encouraging to read about.  I happend to be see some demos at Microsoft a couple years back on the how Kinect was helping doctors in the operating room.  But seeing how this might help stroke victims in their homes and rehab centers is inspiring.  Hats off to Microsoft on this.


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