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In Home Motion Sensing Strength & Mobility Program using Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Wii etc.

Use existing widely available motion sensing technology to teach seniors mobility strengthening movements while preventing injury.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

This idea is designed for older people who want to improve their mobility but are reluctant to do so in public at a gym. Commonly used motion sensing gaming technology can teach seniors how to strengthen certain muscle groups to improve their mobility and prevent falls. The motion sensing approach ensures users learn proper technique for all movements and yield the best results while minimizing risk of injury from bad form. Users can learn at their own pace in the privacy of their own home.

This idea attempts to help people avoid the two most common obstacles to adopting and maintaining a new fitness routine.  Most people tend to avoid or quit training to improve mobility because:  (1) they don't want to train in public at a crowded gym, or (2) they suffer an early exercise related injury.  An in home solution solves the privacy problem and motion tracking/correction solves the injury problem by ensuring proper form and technique in all movements.  Removing these two problems is the best way to help people embrace a new routine to get stronger and stick with it.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

The first step would be to use this accessible motion sensing gaming technology to create a template for the safest and most effective movements to include as part of a larger routine. The goal is creating a routine that will best assist seniors in improving their posture and strengthening the hip area so they are better able to avoid falls altogether.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

The input of anyone with relevant motion capture experience and knowledge would be very welcome.

How long has your idea existed?

  • Over 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • An OpenIDEO Outpost or Chapter
  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I have worked in design and entrepreneurship roles for most of my life. My family has always been focused on entrepreneurship in the healthcare field and remains so today.

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