Kineage is a serious video game created by the DeustoTech team of researchers to improve the health of senior citizens through exercises. The project has been chosen as one of the 20 finalists in the European Social Innovation in Ageing competition.
In the Kineage video game, players have to catch objects that appear on the screen to prevent them falling to the ground, thereby performing arm exercises which are beneficial for strengthening joints and preventing situations of dependence or disability caused by ageing. The game is based on Kinect technology, motion sensors that enable the player’s body to interact without needing to use controls, and adapts to the needs and movement capability of each player.
Kineage, developed by the DeustoTech LIFE team of researchers with the collaboration of the Santa y Real Casa de Misericordia residence for the elderly in Bilbao, has been selected as one of the 20 finalists for the Social Innovation in Ageing Award. These awards are an initiative launched by Ashoka and the King Baudouin Foundation with the aim of rewarding European innovative initiatives in the field of ageing.
The initial part of the development phase of the Kineage project has already been completed and the DeustoTech researchers are now working on the next steps, to add new games which allow the cognitive abilities of older persons to be developed. The game receives funding from the Regional Government of Bizkaia through the Bizkailab programme.