Johns Hopkins University, 2012 - $18,000

The incidence of stroke is on the rise worldwide; in the US alone, more than 700,000 people per year suffer a stroke. Stroke patients usually spend their first three months of recovery in rehabilitation centers, working with a team of physicians and therapists. Many then spend years doing rehabilitation exercises at home, but the current rehabilitation device market focuses heavily on those first three months; there are very few devices aimed at home rehabilitation therapy. is addressing this unmet need by providing effective and interactive rehabilitation gaming systems using the Kinect system. Kinect is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows PCs. Based around a webcam-style add-on, it enables users to control and interact with the screen without the need to touch a game controller. Users will be able to log into, choose a game, and play. All the game data will be logged and analyzed remotely by physicians.