Researchers from the University of Notre Dame has found a new use for the Nintendo Wii in the field of physical therapy.
A research team from the University of Notre Dame has come up with a prototype system that uses the Wii Balance Board as a means of rehab therapy for victims of stroke. According to the team, the WeHab platform is intended to make exercise and therapy easier for stroke patients with limited mobility. Through WeHab, doctors and physical therapists can monitor the patient’s progress as they perform the exercises. At the same time, WeHab is also designed for self-treatment, such that stroke patients can perform the exercises at home, and doctors can see their progress via web video chat.
Currently, the WeHab system has been tested at the Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. For now, the exercises included in the prototype program help the stroke patient with posture. More improvements and updates are expected from the Notre Dame team.