Microsoft Kinect

By Jonah Comstock October 26, 2017
Microsoft is discontinuing the Kinect, its pioneering 3D motion-sensing camera. FastCo broke the news that the company will no longer manufacture the device, though it will support existing devices for the time being. Though Kinect was a pioneer in the 3D motion-tracking space, other companies have stepped up in the meantime, and the technology has also been incorporated into platforms like...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2016
BioGaming, an Israel-based startup, has received FDA clearance for its YuGo Microsoft Kinect-based physical therapy system. Calls to the company for comment went unanswered and its website appears to be down.  Physiotherapists can use the system to create personalized gameified routines for patients which patients can then complete at home using an Xbox or a computer connected to a Kinect device...
By Aditi Pai November 3, 2015
San Diego, California-based Reflexion Health has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its digital physical therapy tool, called Vera, which uses Microsoft Kinect motion-tracking to help patients with musculoskeletal rehabilitation. “We are thrilled to be one of a growing number of digital medicine companies to receive FDA clearance to use innovative tools and methods, such as Vera, to deliver care...
By Aditi Pai July 2, 2014
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch is said to look like a thinner Nike+ FuelBand Microsoft plans to release its own smartwatch with 11 sensors as soon as October, according to tech news site Tom's Hardware. Tom's Hardware received its information from an unidentified source. The report from Tom's Hardware explains that the Microsoft smartwatch is using chips from Texas Instruments and Atmel. The...
By Jonah Comstock February 18, 2014
Recently, I was able to spend three days in Poznan, Poland attending the SalMed International Trade Fair of Medical Equipment and Instruments, including a one day conference on Hospital Building and Infrastructure. Poland hosted the conference -- and invited international journalists to attend -- because of the growing medical device market in the country: Poland's medical device exports were...
By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2014
Last year, MobiHealthNews wrote several times about how the new Kinect (the motion sensing technology powering the Xbox One) had the potential to change home health care in several areas, including fitness. The Xbox One launched this past November, and now data is starting to come back about consumer interest in the fitness tracking capabilities the Kinect provides. According to a recent post at...
By Jonah Comstock August 13, 2013
Israel-based Extreme Reality has developed a motion sensor technology using a 2D camera, allowing the motion sensor to be used with mobile devices like tablets and laptops. Indie Hero, a British game company, is launching the first fitness game for this platform. Extreme Reality's software, called Extreme Motion, offers controller-free motion detection similar to the 3D depth camera on the...
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2013
When Kaiser Permanente debuted its Interchange platform API initiative last month, the company made it clear that they would not be feeding patient health information into third party apps or devices via APIs. While the health system has done notable research into incorporating things like exercise data into its EMR, it isn't interested in integrating just any data stream. Kaiser Permanente's...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2013
Studies have shown that exercise video games, or exergames, can benefit elderly people who sometimes have trouble getting enough daily physical activity. But few studies have dealt with the question of how to get older people to engage with video games in the first place. "I can give you a stationary bike, but if you don't bike it, I doubt that you will get any benefits from it," said Annerieke...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2013
Physical therapy is approaching a crisis, according to Dr. Kourosh Parsapour, founder and CEO of 5plus, a startup working on building digital health physical therapy tools. The specialty is experiencing provider shortages at the same time as the need for physical therapy and rehabilitation services increases -- as the baby boomer generation ages. "By 2030, the number of states with substandard...