You learn something new everyday right? If not, you gotta get out more! Appearently, Phantom Limb Pain is a condition that effects people who have lost a limb and still experience a fair amount of pain originating from the missing limb. What this Kinect related projects aims to do is alleviate some of that pain by immersing the patient in a VR environment where the limb is present again. Must be some sort of Psychosomatic type of response from the brain which believes the limb is in tact. Very interesting concept to say the least.
As the video illustrates, close to 500,000,000 people in India do not have access to the resources necessary to learn how to read and write. Many attempts have been made to introduce technology to these less fortunate people, but there is still a huge barrier that exists between using a computer properly and not knowing how to read.
One of the most practical uses of the Kinect's technology and low price point is introducing it into the classroom as a means of transitioning from archaic, dry teaching methods into a fun, interactive user experience. This is a great way to engage students by having them interact with and witness the effects of the lesson in real-time.