Xbox used for stroke rehab

The PlayStation 3 isn't the only game system that researchers are hoping to use to help the sick. Engineers at Rutgers university have modified an Xbox to work with Essential Reality P5 gaming glove and custom software to help stroke patients in their rehabilitation. Patients use the glove to control a virtual hand and practice motions such as wiping a picture clean and flexing fingers to scare away a butterfly.

Similar, custom-made virtual rehab systems are already available, but the Rutgers engineers said the hacked Xbox setup costs less than $600 to set up and "may one day rival systems 10 times as expensive." Nice to see that Microsoft's subsidized hardware is good for something other than encouraging game sales and that mod chips are good for something other than piracy.

[Via Boing Boing]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.