Exergames for Neurorehabilitation

This project investigated the effects of continued use of exergames on the neurorehabilitation of people with mild cognitive impairment. It was an interdisciplinary project between GRV, the Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology and the Memory Center of InsCer, which was developed as part of the Ph.D. thesis of Simone Aparecida Celina das Neves Assis.

As an undergraduate research assistant, my responsibilities in this project revolved around the design of mini-games to be used in the study. We utilized the Microsoft Kinect v1, and the software was developed using C# and XNA 4.0. At the time, this was a quite novel approach, as the use of the Kinect sensor on Windows was still in its early stages. At the end of the process, the results on designing and prototyping the system were presented in the XIII Salão de Iniciação Científica da PUCRS. This was the first research project I was involved in during my academic life and quite an introduction to human-computer interaction, as we had well-defined restrictions and target users.

Below you can see a video of the project created by the Zero Hora newspaper (in Portuguese).