The Helene Elass Center along with Commentor is building a programme called Mitti Kinect to help children diagnosed with cerebral palsy get the consistent help they need to develop their motor skills. Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition which impairs the motor skills and causes issues with physical movement.
Gaming technology helps children with cerebral palsy
The programme uses the Kinect platform, a gaming system that uses the human body movements as a controller, to rebuild muscle. This is a fun and interactive way for children to train consistently on a daily basis with exercises that need to be repetitive, extensive, and challenging. The programme, using cloud computing, allows children to stay close to home and practice day to day their physical rehabilitation. Traditionally this required a professional healthcare worker to be there to support the child daily. Resources were already being stretched thin and the growing burden on healthcare system financially and the strain on manpower required a new solution. The Mitti Kinect system provided the consistent training the children needed and alleviate the pressure on healthcare professionals so they could see more patients. The system is working successfully and doctors are seeing the improvements among their patients. The great news is that the programme can be adapted for people of all different ages and patients suffering from other brain conditions.
The video below provides an overview on how powerful this solution can be in creating a cost efficient and more helpful tool for curing children with cerebral palsy.
Cognitive and physical exercises with Mitii Kinect using cloud computing by Microsoft Europe.