Kinect might not be the greatest way to play video games, despite its introduction via the Xbox (unless you really, really like dancing), but the technology is still being unraveled as more and more uses are found for the device.
The movement and voice sensing systems of the Kinect have found a great many uses through unofficial “hacks,” which Microsoftactually encourages. From 3D object scan to asurgery aide, new uses for the Kinect are still being discovered.
This one caught my eye however, as a new study is attempting to use Kinect to detect early signs of autism in children with its motion sensing capabilities. The project is by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development in Minneapolis.
A nursery was fitted with five Kinect sensors that were set to monitor a group of 3-5 year old children. Each child was tracked by the colors they were wearing, and their movement patterns were fed into a bank of computers that would use an algorithm to recognize if they were being hyperactive or unusually still, which could indicate possible autism.