(Stroke patient using the Kinect to help with rehab.)
The Microsoft Kinect is a global tool that can be used by researchers the world over. For example, researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University developed software for the Kinect that aims to help individuals who have suffered from a stroke. Dr. Raymond Tong Kai-yu, an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, led a team of researchers to develop this software after he noticed the potential of the Kinect to help people move again with repetitive motion.
With the "KineLabs", stroke patients lift their hands and move their upper limbs and then the software genereates a report on how well the patients performed the action. There are different actions the stroke patients will be able to perform with the KineLabs. The only thing the patient needs to use the software is a Kinect sensor connected to a PC or a TV demonstrating the eas-of-use of this software. The software can then be easily downloaded from a website and installed. The software has also recently won a silver award at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2012.