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  • Blog Post: Kinect helps detect PTSD in combat soldiers

    “War is hell.” So proclaimed U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman, whose experiences during the American Civil War surely made him an expert on the subject. But for some soldiers and veterans, the hell doesn’t stop when combat ends. It lingers on as post-traumatic stress disorder ...
  • Blog Post: Kinect app for physical therapy put to the test

    A year ago, during the 2014 BUILD conference, we profiled Reflexion Health, a San Diego-based software startup that had developed a promising Kinect for Windows application to track physical therapy patients’ exercise sessions. We’re now pleased to report that this application, called Vera...
  • Blog Post: Sick children get a dose of Kinect-enabled empowerment

    A seriously ill child is every family’s nightmare. So it’s no wonder that young patients and their families are filled with anxiety when a child requires frequent hospital visits. And while a great bedside manner can help alleviate the stress, a hospital, even a pediatric one, can still be...
  • Blog Post: Australian study looks at the use of technology in rehabilitating brain-injured patents

    A research team with members from seven major Australian hospitals and universities is evaluating the use of technology, including Kinect-enabled games, in helping patients recover from brain injuries. Buoyed by the results of a 60-patient pilot, which found that participants enjoyed using the technology...
  • Blog Post: Can Kinect technology improve brain imaging?

    Blurry images: they’re a nuisance when they wreck your holiday photographs or ruin that video of your sister’s wedding. But they’re much more than a nuisance in the world of medical imaging. Blurry medical images can result in costly repeat scans or, worse yet, can lead to misdiagnoses...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows shows promise in helping seniors retain cognitive functions

    Declines in cognitive function are among the most debilitating problems that affect senior citizens. Various studies have reported that physical training designed to prevent falls can have a positive effect on cognition in older adults. With that in mind, Japanese researchers at Kyoto University’s...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows game may help patients qualify for experimental treatments

    Watching Cole throw his arms and shoulders into playing a video game, you might never guess that he suffers from a severe muscular disease. But he does. Cole has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder that results in progressive muscle degeneration. DMD patients, almost all of whom are...
  • Blog Post: Kinetisense brings objectivity to range of motion therapy

    “Jane” had a problem: a so-called frozen shoulder, which made it painful to use her left arm. The pain, which had begun mysteriously eight months earlier, affected nearly every aspect of Jane’s life, making it difficult for her to perform routine tasks at her office job and at home...
  • Blog Post: Using Kinect to monitor Parkinson’s patients

    Swedish neurologists and software developers have teamed up to create a potentially groundbreaking way to monitor patients with Parkinson’s disease. The secret ingredient? Kinect for Windows. Softronic, an IT management and consulting company headquartered in Stockholm, joined forces with the...
  • Blog Post: This nurse makes house calls, thanks to Kinect for Windows

    Telemedicine has become one of the hot trends in healthcare, with more and more patients and doctors using smartphones and tablets to exchange medical information. The convenience of not having to travel to the doctor’s office or clinic is a big part of the appeal—as is the relief of not...
  • Blog Post: Kinect powers cost-effective stroke therapy

    Imagine how your life would change if you couldn’t easily move the arm and hand on one side of your body. For more than 2 million Americans, this scenario requires no imagination: it's their reality, brought on by a stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or some other neurological...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-powered kiosk enlisted in fight against Ebola

    Kinect’s gesture-enabled interactions can be entertaining (think games), profitable (think marketing), or educational (think kinesthetic learning). And sometimes, they can be potentially lifesaving! Such was the case when the British Army asked CDS, a communications-solution company based in...
  • Blog Post: Intel-GE Care Innovations uses Kinect solution to help elderly patients

    “I’ve fallen … and I can’t get up.” That line, from a low-budget 1980s TV commercial hawking a personal medical emergency call button, has been fodder for countless comedians over the years. But falls among the elderly are anything but a laughing matter, especially to Maureen...
  • Blog Post: Keeping watch in the night

    The following blog post was guest authored by Ana Isabel Zorrilla, project manager at EIC BBK-Dravet Syndrome Foundation, a Spanish nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment and cure of Dravet syndrome and related disorders. Imagine what it’s like to go for weeks on end without a decent...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-powered stroke rehab system gets FDA clearance

    Back in January, we featured a story about Jintronix and its innovative rehabilitation system that uses Kinect for Windows to help stroke victims recover physical functions. The origins of that story date back to April 2012, when Jintronix, then based out of Montreal, became one of 11 startups selected...
  • Blog Post: BUILDing business with Kinect for Windows v2

    BUILD—Microsoft’s annual developer conference—is the perfect showcase for inventive, innovative solutions created with the latest Microsoft technologies. As we mentioned in our previous blog , some of the technologists who have been part of the Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview...
  • Blog Post: Thousands of developers are participating in Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview—starting today

    In addition to being a great day for Xbox One, today is also a great day for Kinect for Windows. We have started delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to program participants. The Developer Preview includes a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect...
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