Apple iPad, Nintendo Wii Can Help Stroke Survivors Communicate

The City University London and The Stroke Association are developing motion-sensor technologies to help stroke victims communicate using the Nintendo Wii and Apple iPad.

Two groups in the United Kingdom, City University London and The Stroke Association advocacy group, are testing computer-based technology running on the Nintendo Wii and Apple iPad to allow stroke victims suffering from the aphasia language impediment to communicate using gestures.

The project is called Gesture Recognition in Aphasia Therapy (GReAT) and will run for 18 months, according to City University London. The parties will test the prototype in the London area via 30 of The Stroke Association's Stroke Clubs.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a U.K. government agency for funding research, is contributing financial support for the project.

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