1 in 3 Australians over 65 will experience a fall this year, in fact, falls remain a leading cause of serious injury and death in this age group. This week’s episode of Think:Health looks at a new interactive game called “Step Kinnection” developed by the University of Technology’s Faculty of Engineering. Nic talks to producer Jake Morcom about this fun new innovation to help older Australians stay fit and on their feet.
In The Media
- THINK:HEALTH WITH JAKE MORCOM2 017
- CNET Australia2 017
"Dr Jaime Garcia is a Software Engineer in Columbia who is interested in promoting the use of interactive video games (StepKinnection) to reduce the risk of falling in the elderly community.
His inspiration came from his grandmother, who had a really bad fall and fractured her arm. His family wanted to make sure she got the exercise she needed, even though she couldn't leave the house.
Having Windows 10 on Microsoft's Surface Pro, gives Dr Garcia the ability to refine his game, on a powerful mobile device."
- Australian Ageing Agenda2 016
All participants in a home training program piloting a clinically-based interactive video game developed by Australian researchers improved their reflexes, quick-stepping and walking abilities, which are good indicators of a reduced risk of falling, write Dr Jaime Garcia and Dr Karla Felix Navarro
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- Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) / UTS Brink2 015
One in three Australians aged over 65 will have a fall this year. For an elderly person, as bones become brittle and balance less sure, a fall can cause such deterioration in their health that they may not recover.
While turning back the clock is not an option, researchers have turned to young people’s gaming technology to help older people stay on their feet and remain fit and well.
- UTS Newsroom2 015
Congratulations to UTS PhD student Jaime Garcia for his recent win at the 2015 Health Informatics Society of Australia Awards. Jaime won the Branko Cesnik Award for the best scientific student paper, 'Step Kinnection: A fall prevention game mindfully designed for the Elderly'.
The winning paper describes the design considerations of Step Kinnection, an interactive game using Microsoft Kinect to prevent falls for elderly people.
- Australian Ageing Agenda2 014
- http://www.enquiringminds.com.au/2 013
The TVS Enquiring minds series is produced by Bridges to Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)
On this episode, we take a closer look at how motion capture is used to create 3D games and movies.
Also an early-stage prototype of the StepKinnection game is showcased.