Today's inspirational post is one, that if you've been following the Gallery for a while, will know is close to my heart. Today's project shows how the Kinect is helping medical physiotherapists and their patients...
Kinectsiology: rehabilitación física mediante Kinect [IMAGINE CUP 2013] (Kinectsiology: physical rehabilitation using Kinect [IMAGINE CUP 2013])
Kinectsiology is the name of a solution that combines Kinect, Windows Azure, and Skydrive, and that helps medical physiotherapists and their patients to make the process more interesting, easier to complete, fun and need rehabilitation. This project of Chilean students will compete in the finals of Imagine Cup this year.
The application was developed by Fernando Jesús Venegas Ahumada, Jorge Alviarez Gómez, Diego Cid Allendes and Mario Ogalde Vega, a group of students of Civil Engineering and computer science of the University technical Federico Santa Mara, in Valparaiso, Chile. Lifeware team has been focused to provide useful solutions in rehabilitation processes during the last three years, so it has been in contact with that sector.
The idea for Kinectsiology came, a year ago, from conversations with experts about problems they face during rehabilitation, including processes that there are many people who do not complete their exercises and this represents a risk to his health, which ultimately translates into more problems and expenses.
Although the development of the software takes just a few months and the initial idea has changed a lot, the truth is that from the beginning they considered to use Kinect, largely because they had already worked with that platform and wanted to see how could move closer to another type of rehabilitation; and because they are interested to continue to learn about the tools that Microsoft provides.
So far, they have developed for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Azure, Kinect and Windows App Store. And this is the third consecutive final of Imagine Cup attended. For its first participation in 2011, presented Lifeware integrates: a helmet with sensors, using gestures and head movements, that allows users with little mobility interact and make use of the PC. This first product acquired great force at the national level in Chile and is today used in rehabilitation institutions.
For his second participation, they decided to continue on that path and prepared an application that also helps people in rehabilitation. In this case, they developed a product to people who are recovering from a cerebral palsy. Kinect integrates is called and operates based on a special programming for Kinect, which the device can detect body movements and thus allows access to the main functions of a computer.
"We want to delve into all that Microsoft has available, because they have an ecosystem that allows to solve different processes. It is accessible and has availability: does not have to ask where to find information about Azure, cloud services, services of virtualized, development in mobile, everything has been within reach! ", says Mario Ogalde. "These young people made only a project to deepen their learning on Microsoft, a platform that also gives them potential," adds professor René López, his mentor.
Today, Lifeware is a company specialized in the area of assistive technology. They have products that have been featured in Imagine Cup, but already sold in your country and soon in Brazil. Not close to encompass other fields, but for now his interest is in providing computer access for people with little mobility and rehabilitation.
Lifeware uses the tools offered by Microsoft because more and is easier to learn from them....