Your Xbox can save your grandma

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A university student in Perth has developed a monitoring system for the sick, elderly or disabled, using the Kinect. As part of a research project, he developed software that uses the motion detection to continually track a person’s movements and learn their daily routine. Thus, the system would identify if the person missed a meal or didn’t get out of bed. Then, the system can send a family member an SMS or email.

Maybe this will be a new feature on the Xbox 720 – rumor has it that there will be built in Kinect and it will be permanently online.

All well and good until grandma decides to turn off random plugs to save power, as old people are prone to do. And I really don’t want to get the “didn’t get out of bed” SMS only to discover that grandpa found some Viagra and a willing victim.

Last Updated: April 30, 2013

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