Technology Overview

A motion-based physio-cognitive sport game.

Technology Features & Specifications

Microsoft Kinect is used as the input of choice to capture the body’s movement without the need of using a game controller or additional attached sensors.

As the elderly users are engaged in natural and intuitive movements, their brain neurons are also activated by complex stimuli from the environment (e.g., color, rhythm). Challenging tasks that employ various cognitive functions (e.g., divided attention, switching, short term memory) are also interwoven to promote active cognition.

  • For the task of selective attention, two balls will fly out simultaneously, where only the ball of a specific colour is the target.
  • For the inhibition task, the ball in some rounds will be of a different colour, and players are required to ignore balls of a given colour while hitting balls of other colours.The innovative data analysis tools at the back end enable healthcare professionals to easily track the health conditions of each individual elderly user under their care, and assist in crafting personalized training programs.
Potential Applications

Suitable for homes or institutions with elderly or patients requiring rehabilitation.

Market Trends & Opportunities

Exergaming, which is game playing for exercise purposes, has become an emerging approach in elderly healthcare as a means to encourage elderly to do physical exercises through enjoyable game scenarios. While most of existing exergames target physical fitness and motor movement, integration of cognitive exercises into exergames is scarce.

“Ping Ping Pong Pong” infuses fundamental cognitive tasks into a table tennis playing game. The game offers seniors an enjoyable interactive environment for physical exercise and cognitive training. It provides an augmented reality of playing table tennis, one of the most common sports in Singapore.

Customer Benefits

As the elderly are involved in the naturalistic setting and engaged in the intuitive movement, their brain neurons are also activated by the sophiscally designed features in the environment (e.g., color, rhythm).

Challenging tasks that employ various cognitive functions (e.g., divided a en on, switching, short term memory) are also interwoven to promote active cognition. The innovative data-analysis tools at the back end help healthcare professionals easily track the health con- di ons of each individual elderly under their care and craft personalized training programs.

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  • TRL: 7
  • Research Center: LILY
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