Great News: Microsoft Kinect Powered Stroke Rehabilitation System Gets FDA 510(k) Clearance

Kinect stroke rehabilitation

When Microsoft revealed Kinect for the first time, we knew that the possibilities with this system will be endless. Kinect is now being used in various types of setup everyday across the world from military purposes, hospitals to gaming consoles. Today is a milestone in Kinect’s journey in Healthcare world. Jintronix, which developed a Microsoft Kinect based Stroke rehab system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This marks an important milestone for Jintronix as well.

 “We’re very excited about receiving FDA clearance, which paves the way for Jintronix to help in the rehabilitation of countless stroke victims,” said CEO Shawn Errunza.

Jintronix tackles all of the issues of Stroke patients by providing patients with fun, “gamified” exercises that accelerate recovery and increase adherence. In addition, Jintronix gives patients immediate feedback, which ensures that they perform their movements correctly. This is critical when the patient is exercising at home.

A stroke can be a devastating experience, leaving the patient with serious physical impairments and beset by concerns for the future. Today, that future is much brighter, as stroke rehabilitation has made enormous strides. Now, Jintronix offers a significant advance to help stroke patients restore their physical functions: an affordable motion-capture system for physical rehabilitation that uses Microsoft Kinect for Windows.

Read about their system in detail here.

  • Drewidian

    It will be interesting if Microsoft can get it declared a medical device and subsidized by insurance companies. With Skype and Universal apps, it could be a huge thing. Patients could spend less tome in the hospital and recover at home. If they need anything they just call a Skype number which could rout the to a nurse or even emergency services. Since it is voice activated users wouldn’t have to use a controller. They could even have daily checkups with a nurse that would make a house visit for those who have a hard time getting to the doctor. They could even provide physical therapy classes with Skype and keep track of your participation/progress with integration through health vault. There’s tons of potential here especially when it offers this from the living room. Even if you wanted to go jogging with Fitbit or Fuelband, all of that could be integrated.

  • Ruufus

    It is interesting reading over these past couple years how Microsoft seems treat its advancements as technology advancements (catch ups, granted) not just product updates. For example, I see my XB1 as a media device not a game system. For example, I talk to my XB1 through Kinect to manage my OneDrive, TV, games, etc. While PS4 is great, I see it as a game system only.
    MS and Google are innovation companies whereas Apple and Sony seem to task specific (or sales specific) companies = “Here’s your new phone with current gimmick or high-end graphic game system.” Yes, I am MS biased but I will give Google credit for also “trying the new path.” I love my Sony TV (with its 3D gimmick I rarely use anymore) but Apple and Sony seem lost.