Stanford’s Jeremy Bailenson cites some beneficial research - including our own Skip Rizzo’s Virtual Classroom study for detecting ADHD - that use gaming technologies like the Kinect to learn about human behavior.
But he also notes that people should be aware of what such systems are capable of tracking. Here’s what he says:
“I believe that we’ll see many wonderful applications of this technology, ranging from safety systems to educational tools for struggling students. At the same time, gamers need to be informed that they can be watched, and that how you interact with a game system like the Kinect can potentially reveal a lot about you. As technology becomes more immersive, your video-game persona is not just a character. It’s you.”
Virtual reality game-based technology can be used effectively to improve motor skill rehabilitation of a range of functional deficits. Our design approach focuses on the creation of flexible VR systems/tools that could address both assessment and training tasks in a more comprehensive fashion than is currently available within the clinic and home settings.
Integrating the newest consumer-ready technologies, the Motor Rehab Lab at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies explores and promotes the creation of home-based rehabilitation and exergame applications that do not require the user to hold an interface device or move on a pad as the source of interaction within the game. Instead, the user’s body is the game controller operating in 3D space, and multiple users can be tracked in this fashion for both cooperative and competitive interactive activities.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC’s inspirational show that remodels homes for families and people who are facing enormous hardship, features ICT’s Microsoft Kinect motor rehabilitation technology. Belinda Lange, senior research associate at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, customized ICT rehabilitation software to assist Staff Sergeant Allen Hill, who was almost killed by a roadside bomb, leaving him with traumatic flashbacks that continue to haunt him. Belinda pitched in to help the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition production crew get the house ready.
“The entire experience was incredible. I can’t wait to go back to Kansas to check on Sergeant Hill’s progress and get more feedback on our project,” she said.
To get more information on Belinda Lange’s work involving neurological injury and motor rehabilitation, please check out the ICT MedVR website.