(Microsoft Kinect being displayed.)
Researchers at the University of Southampton in London are realizing the potential of the Kinect to help others in the medical field. One of the programs the researchers are developing is a program that will help patients recover from a stroke. The researchers developed an algorithm that allows therapists to track patients' hand and finger movements while they are doing exercises with the Kinect. The program is being designed as a compliment to a ptient's prgram physiotherapy. The goal of this program is to make rehabilitation more accessible to patients, so they may recover from anywhere they are staying. With the help of Roker Manor Research, the researchers are able to make the program so physiotherapists will be able to track their patients.
Also, at the Microsoft Research's UK base in Cambridge, programmers are making a new imaging toll to help surgeons. "Touchless Interaction in Medical imaging" will allow surgeons to manipulate scans and images with hand gestures aimed at a screen. This program has been tested by doctors at both the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and at London's St. Tjomas' Hospital to promising reviews. With the success of the imaging technology of the Kinect, there are plans to help neurosurgeons with detailed images of brains that can be manipulated.