Your Kinect might run your next physical therapy session

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Remember when the Kinect first came out and there was a firestorm of fitness and dance games to make gamers more active? A group of researchers from the West West Health Institute in San Diego have come up with a way of using the Kinect to keep their physical therapy patients active .

The West Health Institute will use the same Kinect motion-tracking technology that knows if you’re pulling off real dance moves in Dance Central to make sure that its patients are keeping up with their physical therapy exercise and that they are doing them correctly.

The technology is called Reflexion Rehabilitation Measurement Tool (RMT), according to Gizmodo. It uses a Kinect hooked up to a Windows 7 PC, and it'll let patients better perform physical therapy exercises on their own. Patients will be able to learn the exercises step-by-step, and the Kinect can give them interactive feedback to correct anything they are doing wrong. It's sort of like an exercise session with Your Shape for Xbox.

RMT is currently being tested for use to rehabilitate patients after musculoskeletal surgery at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Hopefully one day the research could be expanded into a full-on medical program to help anyone who needs physical therapy after an injury.

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