Thursday, February 10, 2011

iPad used to check mobility in seniors

There's a great story at Healthcare IT News about two health and exercise science professors at Wake Forest University using the Apple iPad to evaluate mobility in older adults. Now, if you don't have an iPad, it may be difficult for you to imagine how you can use this type of device to assess mobility.

Professors Tony Marsh and Jack Rejeski with the help of colleagues in the computer science department (Yue-Ling Wong) and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (Eddie Ip) developed the Mobility Assessment Tool (MAT).

I've enjoyed playing some games that use motion-based movements on my iPad (like driving games, certain shooting games, etc.). Thanks to its built-in accelerometer, the iPad can be tilted one way and your car or character will move in that same direction.

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