Vectorform recently collaborated with the Innovation Fund for Technology group at Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest non-profit healthcare plans, to create a more engaging, consistent and standardized method of Autism assessment.
Together we successfully developed a gaming tool designed by therapists to help them assess pediatric patients who have difficulty engaging with the traditional assessment tools. The game leverages Kinect for Windows to provide body and object tracking to determine the child’s success on many of the activities and deliver an objective assessment of the child’s performance. The game activities span three disciplines: Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy.
The game, designed for children 3-12, provides an exciting, engaging, and immersive experience. The goal was to build a game that is extremely accessible, non-complex and includes simple mechanics that children with autism can quickly understand to retain their attention, prevent over-stimulation, encourage play, and prevent frustration.
One of the most notable advantages of this solution, versus traditional assessments, is the increased efficiency and cost reduction that it provides. This in turn provides therapists with the opportunity to develop more effective treatment plans. The time saved in assessing children’s capabilities can effectively allow therapists to spend more time providing treatment and therapy to their patients. This gained efficiency allows therapists to service a higher volume of patients more effectively in the same amount of time, as well as help improve patient access to services and reduce operational costs.
Other success factors for the Kinect Autism Assessment Game include:
- Improved Patient Engagement – Children experiencing differing levels of ASD can quickly engage in the activities to demonstrate their capabilities. Patients are put at ease by the game’s creative style, activities, mechanics, and ‘Marty the Monkey’ who provides continued encouragement and support.
- Accelerated Assessment – By rapidly engaging with the game, children can quickly and easily demonstrate their capabilities to therapists across the three disciplines.
- Results Tracking – Session results are tracked and stored in real-time allowing therapists to track a child’s performance over time.
The Vectorform team was all smiles and downloads when Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta yesterday. Our friend Steve Clayton over at Microsoft was quoted on PC Magazine saying “The community that has blossomed since the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 in November shows the breadth of invention and depth of imagination possible when people have access to ground-breaking technology…Already, researchers, academics and enthusiasts are thinking through what’s next in natural and intuitive technology.”
I love Vectorform because:
- We built a demo for physical rehabilitation via Kinect for Xbox 360
- That demo stole the show at a tech demo day by Kaiser Permanente focused on gamification because it presented a fun way to support physical rehab and exercise for kids, and tracked response accuracy
- The mastermind behind using Kinect for literacy in South Africa made us aware of the Haitian Amputee Mother’s Alliance
- Asked if we could possibly help, I presented their work providing prosthetic limbs and rehabilitative services for victims of the earthquake to my boss, who gave me a two-word answer:
- Do It.
Fiat has been on the move, launching the Fiat 500 Hatchback and revealing the Cabrio at the New York Auto Show. We’ve been moving and shaking along with them, as they take a creative approach to marketing the vehicle, allowing consumers to touch and interact with the vehicle in completely new and eclectic ways. We debuted a Kinect-powered giant mosaic for Fiat at the North American International Auto Show. Then we did it again at The FADER FORT by FIAT, complimented with a Windows 7 Digital Kaleidoscope. Now those big digital installations have made their way to the big city courtesy of Vectorform’s Karl Steckling, Kevin Foreman and Frances Calandra.
Here I am with Dr. Bill Crounse of Microsoft’s Health Tech Today, “a weekly online series providing cutting-edge stories at the intersection of health and information technology.” Yesterday’s interview with Dr. Crounse focused on three of Vectorform’s medical solutions: our Windows Phone 7 Mobile Med; Sony MD2GO, which runs on Windows 7, Windows 7 Slate, and any broswer-based, multi-touch enabled device; and a demo for kids’ physical rehab via Kinect for Xbox 360—which I performed on-camera!
Not us, but pretty amazing. TechNet reports on use of Kinect to support learning in Lakeside Park Primary in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal. Kinect technology has certainly been a game-changer–for Microsoft, for digital experience folk like us, and now for young learners in a small school in South Africa.Administrator – March 19, 2011 Administrator – March 14, 2011
As you may have heard, The AP Timeline Reader we created in HTML5 for The Associated Press, is up for an award for technical achievement, but we’ve had a few surprises brewing for South By Southwest. Today we will debut Foursquare Playground and turn a social network of text and images into a stylish isometric perspective–to celebrate the release of IE9, and foursquare’s (awesome) new API. Later in the week we will unveil our latest brand experience for the Fiat 500 at the world-famous FADER FORT by FIAT, to let car and music lovers blend brand assets, FADER media, and user generated content into one of the world’s largest vision-based interactive mosaics, using a Kinect sensor and motion sensing technologies with Windows 7.
We’ve got that and more going on at this year’s SXSW, so check back here, or follow us on Twitter — and watch the video below.
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