Kinect Connects Blind to Yoga

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers at the University of Washington have created the Eyes-Free Yoga software program that employs Microsoft connect to help the blind achieve correct yoga poses.

    Yoga may be all the rage for some, but the classes, which depend on yogi’s watching an instructor to learn how to properly perform positions have been impossible for the visually impaired.  A team from the University of Washington has set out to correct that using the Microsoft Kinect.  The new software program called, Eyes-Free Yoga, uses the Kinect to track body movements and verbally give feedback for six poses in real-time to help the person successfully find the pose.  For example, it might say “rotate your shoulders left.”  To create the program, the head researcher practiced yoga herself, often doing it wrong to tweak the software. They also employed 16 blind people to test it out on with success!  The team said they wanted to encourage visually impaired people to try exercise on a broader scale.”