Posted by: RedaChouffani
Kinect, mHealth applications, Microsoft
It’s pretty clear that Microsoft is actively pushing Kinect in the health care space. Even during the absence of the official SDK (software development kit) for business applications, many have managed to use the widely-available, “unofficial” drivers to develop prototype applications that had a bigger “wow” factor.
But at long last, the wait is over. With the official release of the SDK and the push for the development of medical applications for therapy centers, surgical rooms and doctor’s offices, we are likely to see more of Kinect in the health care market, challenging the way we interact and interface with medical tools and applications.
So far, we have seen many real life examples of how Kinect is helping to connect the market, pun intended, with tangible benefits. The prospect of controlling PCs with physical gestures, on top of the existing voice commands, will add considerable value and I envision will most likely be welcomed by many. Let’s take the example of the operating room, where surgeons can navigate through digital images such as CTs, x-rays and other records without the need to touch a keyboard and get desterilized. This saves significant time for many surgeons in the operating theaters.