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A software designed to assist physiotherapy by the students of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Technology (DAIICT) has got the attention of Microsoft officials. The students who designed the software as a part of a software design competition by Microsoft called 'Microsoft Imagine Cup' has been selected to among the top seven in the country.
The students Yash Soni (22) and Sonali Dubey(21) studying in final year of Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology have designed a set of five video games. The games, which the students have designed in consultation of doctors, are aimed to assist and improve the exercise of patients suffering from motor disorder, post stroke syndromes and cerebral palsy and so on. All the games have been designed by using a three dimensional motion sensing device from Microsoft called 'Kinect'. In one of the games, which have been designed for improving hand stability, the patient has to stand in front of the video screen which shows small balloons floating around. Kinect picks up the movements of the patient and a three-dimensional human model in the screen moves in synchrony with the movement of the patient. The patient has to raise his hands and point to a particular balloon and hold a few seconds to break it. In this way the patient can continue to break the rest of the balloons. "The performances of the patients are constantly recorded by the software. These logs of patients' performances can be later analyzed by the doctors. The difficulty level of the games can also be set accordingly by the doctors," said Soni. The students will compete with six other teams at the national level at Delhi on April 24. One winning team will later take part in the international level of the competition in Australia in July. Mark D'Souza, director of Student Programs at Microsoft India said, "The competition is an initiative to encourage students to ideate towards solving social issues. The competition was started ten years ago."
Courtesy: Times of India
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