Julian Isla has spent night after sleepless night awake, listening for signs that his son, Sergio, is having a seizure. Sergio has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, and attacks occur more frequently when a child sleeps. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, being used in the “Night Seizure Monitor” research project by a nonprofit foundation, is proving to be an important sentinel allowing parents like Julian to get some much-needed rest.
The project’s aim is to track a child’s movements while sleeping. “When the Kinect sensor detects movements that follow a seizure pattern, an alarm warns parents that their child might be having a seizure,” writes Ana Isabel Zorrilla, project manager at the nonprofit EIC BBK-Dravet Syndrome Foundation, in a guest blog post. “This solution provides dual benefits: when a seizure is detected, the monitor system ensures that the child gets medication right away to reduce the length and intensity of the episode. And when no seizures occur, the monitor enhances family’s quality of life, because parents are able to enjoy a restful sleep.”
While the use of monitors to detect seizures is not groundbreaking, what “is new and exciting is the Kinect sensor’s exquisite sensitivity, the result of its multisensory inputs.”
Julian Isla, who currently works for Microsoft in Madrid managing a team of software consultants, says, “With a color camera, an infrared detector, and an array of microphones, the Kinect sensor can detect physical movement and acoustical changes with tremendous accuracy.”
To learn more, head over to the Kinect for Windows Blog.
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