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Reflexion Health uses Kinect for Windows to bring physical therapy into patients' homes
Back in June, we featured a story about Reflexion Health and its innovative application that uses Kinect for Windows to help physical therapy patients. As we described at that time, the application, called Vera, was being tested at five medical centers. Now we are pleased to report that Reflexion Health has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Vera system.   Vera uses the depth sensing and body tracking capabilities of the latest Kinect sensor to capture a patient’s exercise movements in precise detail. The system provides patients with a model for...
7Bot Desktop Robot Arm Dual-- gesture control using Kinect
What might you do with a robotic arm? Well, if you’re part of the maker community, the possibilities are almost endless. Hook it up to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi controller, and you’ll have a companion that can paint, sort objects, play games, and generally amaze your friends and relatives. All you need is a pile of cash and some serious coding skills. Or do you? A recent Kickstarter campaign is promoting a the 7Bot, a robotic arm with six axes, a 17-inch reach, and big ambitions—coupled with a small price tag of $350. And better yet, you can program it without writing a single line of code,...
In addition to a sophisticated AR display, the Micosoft HoloLens contains a wide array of sensors that constantly collect data about the user’s external and internal environments. These sensors are used to synchronize the augmented reality world with the real world as well as respond to commands. The HoloLens’s sensor technology can be thought of as a combination of two streams of research: one from the evolution of the Microsoft Kinect and the other from developments in virtual reality positioning technology. While what follows is almost entirely just well-informed guesswork, we can have a...
Authors: Rahul Garg and Mitch Mason, Product Managers, Watson Solutions   Train…Test…Deploy…   Building cognitive Question and Answer applications is now as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 with the IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier and Watson Dialog services. These two APIs have commonly been combined in enterprise applications but we are now making them available to developers as part of the Watson Developer Cloud on the IBM Bluemix platform. With these services you can embed natural language processing, conversation and deep learning to build engaging cognitive applications quickly and...
Create Your own Motion controlled Robot
Motion controlled experiences do not need to be limited to games, or even digital devices, actually a responsive motion interaction can be attained by using simple and accessible everyday objects.   Chen Goldberg, an Algorithm Engineer at Extreme Reality recently created a cardboard robot operated by body movements. When creating the robot, Chen’s goal was to show how our Extreme Motion SDK can be used to create off screen physical human machine interactions that are simple to execute, inexpensive, and cool.     Here’s your 101 for creating your own DYI robot for under $100...

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