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...
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...
April 17, 2013
A start-up from Orange Silicon Valley, the San Francisco development center of France Telecom-Orange, is preparing to launch a platform that combines wireless home monitoring, augmented reality, speech controls and motion capture to help patients manage chronic diseases and prevent hospital readmissions.
The platform, called Sense.ly, uses gesture capture based on Microsoft's Kinect as well as a...
March 15, 2013
Microsoft has just launched a new HealthVault app for its Windows 8 operating system, designed to run on tablets, W8 phones, and computers. The upgrade doesn't functionally allow users to do anything they couldn't do before, but it aims to make it easier for users to track and review their own health data by leveraging Windows 8's multitasking features.
HealthVault Distinguished Engineer Sean...