Physical Therapy with Microsoft Kinect

Physical Therapy with Microsoft KinectHome Team Therapy, which launched in private beta this week, is using online video and video games to help physical therapists guide patients through their exercises at home. The concept was created when Tim Fu, an MIT student pursuing his MBA, tore his ACL in 2010. The injury led him to surgery and six months of physical therapy; and to a business idea.

“The videos are detailed, but have a conversational tone,” Fu explains. “Our Kinect application will actually track patients doing their exercises and will use subtle clues to guide patients in the right direction — think Dance Central for physical therapy.”

The Kinect application is being developed for Windows, so all users will need is a PC and a Kinect sensor. The sensor will be provided to its patients by Home Team.

The Home Team app will also allow patients to check in on their physical progress, and communicate with their physical therapists between appointments.

Fu explained that he wants therapists and doctors to be able to use Home Team’s tools for free. Patients can subscribe for use of the tools for a monthly subscription of about $20- costs a physical therapist could presumably add on to their own standard fee.

Dr. Anil Ranawat, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Ben Gelfand, a physical therapist, co-founded the Home Team Therapy with Fu. They both worked with him when he tore his ACL. The Boston-based startup employs a three-person team of developers and designers and is entirely self-funded. The Home Team Therapy was showcased at SXSW’s Interactive Accelerator in Austin this year and plans to launch its services publicly this summer.

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