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Kinect Therapy For Soldiers Being Tested

Lauren Arevalo-Downes   |  

Microsoft is working with the United States Air Force on using the Kinect as part of a home therapy physical suite program for injured soldiers. Microsoft also is considering ways the Kinect can be used to connect post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers with group therapy sessions.

“Microsoft is committing R&D and marketing resources to ensure that the [Defense Department] community is aware of the capabilities of the product, as well as the breadth of our partner community, which includes the system integrators,” said Microsoft director of public sector solutions Phil West. “The targeted scenarios include therapy-related functions, but they also span training and simulation, interactive user interfaces, and so on.”

“They can use avatars, which allows anonymity, but also allows for representatives who are therapists or licensed psychiatrists to connect with them,” West added. “Therapists can say, ‘I know who you are because I have your case file. No one else in the room has to see in your face.’ It gives a way to engage and talk through problems while preserving anonymity.”

Source: Defense News  {link no longer active]