Kinect-powered SimSensi can diagnose depression by tracking body movements and facial expressions

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There’s no doubt that enterprising hardware enthusiasts are finding uses for Microsoft’s Kinect that go far beyond gaming. Take SimSensi, for example — a digital interface that asks questions to help diagnose potentially depressed individuals. SimSensi performs its initial diagnosis not by analyzing the response to the questions it asks, however — it uses webcams and the Kinect sensor to measure facial changes and body language to help adjust the questions it asks and to provide a measure of a person’s state of mind. If a respondent shifts uncomfortably in his seat, looks down for an extened period of time, or gets overly animated while responding to a question, SimSensi takes note and change its line of questioning and provide…

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