A physical therapy system called the Vera, developed by Reflexion Health, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It uses Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor-and-camera to help in the physical rehabilitation of patients who have suffered stroke or other debilitating ailments.

“We are thrilled to be one of a growing number of digital medicine companies to receive FDA clearance to use innovative tools and methods to deliver care in a more engaging and efficient way,” said Spencer Hutchins, Reflexion Health chief executive and co-founder. “We look forward to continuing to demonstrate Vera’s positive impact on patients, doctors, and therapists.”

The Vera is a digital medicine software system that uses the Kinect technology in helping rehabilitate patients with musculoskeletal disorders. It allows patients to see an avatar on monitor displays that coaches and motivates them to perform exercises at home. The sensor tracks their progress and reports data back to the patient’s physical therapist who can monitor their activity in real-time.


The Vera system has been tested by Reflexion Health with the Cleveland Clinic and the Brooks Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Florida while the Center for Disease Control has provided a $1 million grant to aid seniors in fall prevention.

Vera’s isn’t the first time a Microsoft Kinect-powered service has secured government approval. In 2014, medical technology startup Jintronix got a green light for its system to use Kinect technology to help stroke victims recover physical functions. With these advances, treatments are slowly moving from everyday reality and entering into a new kind of virtual-augmented world. If this trend continues, the treatments of tomorrow will likely be vastly different that the one-on-one human interactions that we are all used to.

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