Sunday, November 23, 2008

Video Game Used to Train Amputees to Use Artificial Limbs

Very cool stuff... Researchers are using Guitar Hero to motivate patients in the process of calibrating artificial limbs. It is used not only to make the process more interesting and engaging for the patient, it also gives better results. In the game of Guitar Hero a player has to hit specific keys (frets) in time with a song. As you can see in this video, it can be pretty intensive. For the patients they wire up electrodes to them and analyze the signals from the remaining muscles. Instead of long days responding to commands like "open ring finger" they can rock out to Rush old skool style.

I love it when people think outside of "the box" and come up with stuff like this. Who says video games are bad for you?

[h/t Kotaku]


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