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Study: Kinect can Assess Seniors’ Risk of Falling, Getting Sick

The motion-sensing Kinect could monitor a senior's level of activity

Researchers at the University of Missouri say Microsoft’s Kinect can determine how likely a senior is to fall or the early onset of an illness by detecting routine changes in the user’s normal patterns of play. The Kinect is a motion-sensing video game system, allowing it to document subtle changes in a senior’s ability to walk, bend or move in a variety of other ways.

Using the Kinect’s data, researchers believe that over time they could determine a senior’s risk of falling. They are also confident that a new Doppler radar system MU is developing could one day detect an actual fall and alert caretakers or family members that an injury has occurred.

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