Quantcast
Wii Balance Board used in children's physical therapy - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Wii Balance Board used in children's physical therapy


3:00 PM on 04.17.2011
Wii Balance Board used in children's physical therapy photo



Regardless of how you feel about Nintendo's Wii peripherals, there is no doubt that some people have found uses for them. A group of students at Rice University have developed a game using the Wii Balance Board to help children at Shiners Hospital in Houston track their progress in physical therapy. A team of engineers and computer scientists worked together to build a device that lines up the Wii Balance Boards between active handrails, which can provide feedback on how much the patients are relying on their arms for support.

The computer scientists on the team developed the game, Equilibirium, to entice children to use the device and rely less on the handrails. The game involves shooting approaching monsters by walking and leaning at certain spots along the Wii Balance Board array, which gets harder as the patients improve. Patients can rack up points as they defeat enemies, but too much use of the handrails detracts points and adds an incentive to improve their posture.

I have a personal attachment to this story, since not only did I attend Rice University myself, but one of the computer scientists, Jesus Cortez, just so happens to be my brother. Congrats go out to Elem08 and his team on a job well done!

 






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






AMAZING

10:30 AM on 09.26.2014
Battle Chef Brigade looks like the actual best game

I love cooking, as you hopefully well know. The initial inspiration for A la cartridge was Iron Chef, though it ended up something completely different. And so here is a game that speaks tenderly to my soul. Battle Chef...more



4:00 PM on 05.29.2014
Using a coin, some tarot cards, and a Magic 8-Ball to make E3 2014 predictions

[Dtoid community darling Handy channels a most AMAZING ex-Dtoid staff member in his E3 predictions post. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] For many years, Chad Concelmo w...more



5:30 PM on 03.06.2014
More beautiful game-inspired woodblock prints you can buy

We've shown off Jed Henry's Japanese woodblock renditions of game characters before. I'm still in love with that original Samus one. But Henry's catalog is growing, to my wallet's growing concern. Shadow of the Colossus, Fina...more



View all AMAZING






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more