Microsoft became popular due to its innovative use of technology. Not only has Microsoft stretched the frontiers of technology but has also become successful in bringing forward innovation in finding new uses of existing technology. Latest development from the Microsoft headquarters is the use of Kinect gaming device in the field of telemedicine.
Microsoft Kinect, as we know, is a gaming input device that is capable of sensing motion and relaying it to the Xbox gaming console and Windows PCs. The device, which works using a camera and microphone, uses gesture recognition and voice recognition. It has created an entire new genre of Computer games that are operable through touch devices. However, until now, the use of the device was limited to the field of gaming alone. To know more about Kinect, you can contact our Microsoft help department.
Telemedicine, as the name suggests, is a form of health care where the patients can enjoy the medical care while seated at their home. They do not need to be institutionalized in a hospital or commute to clinics and can instead reap benefits while being at home. However, currently, usage of telemedicine is limited because doctors use extremely expensive machines in order to track the vitals of the patient and relay them the information. However, Microsoft Kinect, an affordable device is all set to change the scenario. Using this device, patients and doctors will be able to communicate during therapy sessions and use the range of features that Kinect provides.
Microsoft has recently developed a program, still in the testing phase, which allows patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease to perform tests and therapy while at home. Using the on-board camera of Kinect, the physicians will be able to measure the fine motor skills like tapping feet, tapping fingers, and rapid movement of limbs. This data can then be relayed to the physician’s office for further analysis. Moreover, patients will be able to seek advice from doctors across the globe using the video conferencing feature of Kinect.
The biggest advantage is that Kinect is extremely cheap in comparison to other telemedicine devices. Since the device was intended for consumer gaming market, an extremely competitive sector, the cost of the device is extremely low. Another reason why Kinect as a telemedicine device will become popular is that these devices can be hooked up with any Windows powered computers and do not require dedicated software.
Test stage is still under progress and it remains to be seen how popular this telemedicine alternative will become. Our Microsoft help department can be contacted for further information about the same.
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