Kinect may diagnose childhood mental disorders

Tuesday, 15th March 2011 21:50 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Researchers have saved up to $100,000 by using Kinect to help diagnose mental disorders in very young children.

The Minnesota Daily reports researchers at Institute of Child Development, the University of Minnesota Medical School and the College of Science and Engineering have collaborated to create a video monitoring system based on multiple Kinect units.

By stationing the camera peripheral at several points around a room, and leaving children to play undisturbed, researchers have been able to monitor behaviour using open-source software.

As medical professionals get very few opportunities to observe children behaving naturally, and young children lack the capacities required for interview assessments, the use of Kinect may assist in identifying conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder.

According to researchers involved with the project, alternative observational methods are costly and less effective. Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos commented that he was at first incredulous that a $150 Kinect unit could out-perform a $100,000 system. Project manager Vassilios Morellas said movement sensors attached to a child could prove intrusive and spoil results.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. theevilaires

    Will your kid jump around like a ADHD gremlin while in front of this gimmick……then they’re retarded.

    Will your kid realize that this is pretty lame after 20 minutes of play time…..then they’re probably likely to never work for minimum wage and get high scores on their SATs

    Thank you M$ for showing us which kids are more likely to shoot up a school :D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Kalain

    Obviously you never actually read the article. All you saw ‘Kinect’ then you went off on one of your usual rants!

    i’m sure if this was related to a PS3 you would be lapping it up like a dog in heat.

    Back to the actual article.

    I actually find stuff like this great. Something that costs so little, in comparison to actual medical equipment, can pull off some astounding results and bring forth fresh thinking on old ideas.

    Just goes to show how, indirectly, stuff like this can help greatly in the medical fields.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    Does it do metal disorders too?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. lexph3re

    Here’s a question, are they also hacking these kinect units? They would have to if their using the camera as a monitering device. So, in the end they don’t need kinect? They could actually use the camera released by the original designer as well right? You know the one that links to the pc. I highly doubt their using xboxs because then they’d be buying bundles and that’s not 150 bucks

    #4 4 years ago

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