Interactive Game-Based Rehabilitation Using the Microsoft Kinect

Belinda Lange, Sebastian Koenig, Eric McConnell, Chien-Yen Chang, Rick Juang, Evan Suma, Mark Bolas, Albert Rizzo

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Using video games in rehabilitation settings has the potential to provide patients with fun and motivating exercise tools. Within the Medical VR and MxR groups at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, we have been leveraging the technology of the Microsoft Kinect 3D depth-sensing camera. Our Kinect-based rehabilitation game "JewelMine" consists of a set of static balance training exercises which encourage the players to reach out of their base of support. We plan to demonstrate a sophisticated post-session analysis tool and several content themes which can be changed dynamically during a therapy session.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2012
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
EditorsSabine Coquillart, Steven Feiner, Kiyoshi Kiyokawa
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781467312462
ISBN (Print)9781467312479
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event19th IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, VR 2012 - Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Duration: 4 Mar 20128 Mar 2012

Publication series

NameIEEE Annual International Symposium Virtual Reality


Conference19th IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, VR 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCosta Mesa, CA


  • balance training
  • full-body tracking
  • physical therapy
  • rehabilitation
  • Virtual reality


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