In a new application of computer gaming technology, Xbox 360 Kinect is helping to detect the onset of disease and assess fall risk in seniors. Motion-sensing technology, found in some high-end gaming devices, can help monitor seniors’ health, according to studies from the University of Missouri.
Researchers looked at patients at an independent living community in Columbia, Mo., examining behavior and changes in routine. In a separate study, Doppler radar was used to detect changes in walking, bending and other movements that may indicate an increase in fall risk.
“Different human body parts create unique images, or ‘signatures,’ on Doppler radar. Since falls combine a series of body part motions, the radar system can recognize a fall based on its distinct ‘signature,’ ” explained researchers in a statement.