Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wii Add-on May Enhance Use of Wii in Therapy

(Image from: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2009290380_e3_nintendo_previews_next_wii.html)

Nintendo announced last year a plan to market an add-on called a Wii Vitality Sensor.
Many OTs and PTs will think this add-on looks like a tool often used in the clinic. The Wii vitality Sensor looks and works like the familiar pulse-ox device often used to measure pulse and oxygen concentration in a client's blood. Now Nintendo plans to use that data to provide feedback to players and to control actions of a player's avatar.
Like the balance board, this new add-on will expand the therapeutic value of Wii activities while making recording improvements much easier during therapy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that this is a great idea. I have seen the Wii used during treatment on my Level II fieldwork. If the patient enjoys playing with this video system and it is one of their occupations, I believe that this is a great way to motivate some patients to participate fully in therapy.