Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2014


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

ETM 520/620


Kinect (Programmable controller), Physical therapy -- Clinical trials -- Technological innovations, Cognitive maps (Psychology)


Technology is making the world a better place to live in and has leveraged many industries including healthcare. Opportunities exist in healthcare to gain from available innovations to reduce costs, improve mobility, and increase quality of life. This is especially true for patients who have suffered strokes or other traumas that have left them with reduced mobility. Many of these patients may have limited access to undergo physical therapy on a daily basis or for long periods of time due to transportation issues or other limitations.

Early clinical trials are conducted in assessing the feasibility of using sensors, speech and voice recognition functionality with the Microsoft Kinect vision system for physical therapy sessions. The Kinect motion control camera, which contains an array of sensors translates the user’s physical gestures into on screen action which could be vital information to assessing performance, injury risk or joint loading. To study the factors involved in acceptance of this technology, a focused literature review was conducted. Various factors were obtained from literature and personal interviews with physical therapists and patients to map the cause of effect input vectors. In doing so, Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM) model and its simulation was used to demonstrate the causal interrelationships between these various factors that increase or decrease the adoption of this technology. The work resulted in a proposed scenario with the most likely probability of adoption.


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