Development and evaluation of low cost game-based balance rehabilitation tool using the microsoft kinect sensor

Belinda Lange, Chien Yen Chang, Evan Suma, Bradley Newman, Albert Skip Rizzo, Mark Bolas

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Abstract

The use of the commercial video games as rehabilitation tools, such as the Nintendo WiiFit, has recently gained much interest in the physical therapy arena. Motion tracking controllers such as the Nintendo Wiimote are not sensitive enough to accurately measure performance in all components of balance. Additionally, users can figure out how to cheat inaccurate trackers by performing minimal movement (e.g. wrist twisting a Wiimote instead of a full arm swing). Physical rehabilitation requires accurate and appropriate tracking and feedback of performance. To this end, we are developing applications that leverage recent advances in commercial video game technology to provide full-body control of animated virtual characters. A key component of our approach is the use of newly available low cost depth sensing camera technology that provides markerless full-body tracking on a conventional PC. The aim of this research was to develop and assess an interactive game-based rehabilitation tool for balance training of adults with neurological injury.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1831-1834
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781457715891
ISBN (Print)9781424441211
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 30 Aug 20113 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period30/08/113/09/11

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