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Wii Physical Therapy

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There's not much to say about the Using Novel Interfaces to Promote Physical Rehabilitation lecture. Red Hill Studios worked on a NIH SBIR grant-funded project with the UCSF School of Nursing where they used the Wii controller to model a gait and balance program for people with Parkinson's Disease.

It was interesting to see a real serious application of such a fun technology, and probably the biggest takeaway from the lecture is that as entertainment-based technologies like the Wii controller continue to roll out, developers looking for new markets and innovative approaches should seek creative ways to use technology in more ways than it was originally intended. In this case, Red Hill Studios used the Wii remote to provide physical therapy in the medical field.
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