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Nintendo Wii to help stroke victims

Stroke victims could benefit from playing games on Nintendo's family-friendly Wii consoles according to a doc down under.

The chief executive of Neuroscience Research Australia, Peter Schofield, is looking for 50 recent stroke victims to test his theory as part of a six-month pilot programme. Each participant will take part in the trial, - which will collect data from the Wii's motion sensing controllers as well as an added camera - for about a fortnight.

The Wii is being used at the moment because it provides motion sensing out of the box, but there's no reason why the same technology could not be applied to Microsoft's Kinect or Sony's Move once they hit the mainstream.

The system will allow patients to get rehabilitation therapy in their own homes rather than having to visit hospitals for costly one-to-one sessions.