News from GestureTek
August 2016
As the inventors and world leaders of video control gesture technology, we couldn't be more happy with the way people are embracing the video gesture controlled revolution that we started over 30 years ago. Our gesture controlled and multi-touch technology has never been so popular and we are constantly finding new ways to incorporate it into different environments. What we are most proud of is how our technology and systems are having an impact on the world of health and health facilities. Not only are our gesture controlled floor and displays in high demand for hospitals and clinics, we work with A/V integrators to help transform them into highly engaging and immersive environments, but they are also being used to assist patients in recovery. We have systems that have been proven useful in assistance to disabilities and rehabilitation. This newsletter focuses on some of the highlights of the applications in the health market.



Thanks,

Vincent John Vincent
CEO & Co-Founder
GestureTek
GroundFX brings engagement to Sensory Rooms at
The  Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Snoezelen Room for young patients at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota


What if fun was the first word that came to mind when you thought about flooring in health care?
 
If you've experienced GestureTek Health's GroundFX technology it could be! Our GroundFX interactive display systems are both safe and hygienic, but best of all they're making health care facilities more enjoyable and entertaining for children and adults alike. Popular in medical waiting rooms, pediatric wards and hospital foyers, this fully interactive floor display unit delivers a hybrid of creative and engaging activities and sensory experiences that stimulate children's imaginations and create an atmosphere that lowers anxiety levels. GroundFX projects engaging special effects and multimedia games directly onto any floor to make it interactive through movement activation.
 
Used in hospitals, doctors' offices, long term care facilities and sensory rooms, this hands-free, gesture-controlled entertainment system is always hygienic since there's no risk of cross-contamination from interaction and no washing or disinfecting required. Offering an accessible virtual reality play environment for adults and children of all ages and abilities, even those with limited mobility have the opportunity to participate in games that might otherwise be inaccessible. The technology is designed to track body movement, responding to even the slightest gesture with dynamically changing images and effects, and can be applied for rehabilitative exercises and for activation within geriatric facilities as well.
 
Over 200 GroundFX systems have been installed in hospitals and health care Facilities all over the world; most notably in top pediatric facilities. At The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, GroundFX is projected onto the floor of a waiting room and reception area, with interactive images of a virtual solar system, exploding asteroid belt and meteor storms, all reflecting the outer space theme adopted by the hospital. Read more here. 

If you would like to find out more about GroundFX for medical facilities and how it can be customized to your needs,  email info@gesturetekhealth.com or visit our website .
MultiTouch Tables used in Award Winning Traveling
Exhibit Super Cells: The Power 
of Stems Cells

Exhibition produced by the Stem Cell Network and the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature & Science


A new science exhibit opened at MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto. Super Cells: 
The Power of Stem Cells is a free, interactive, museum-quality exhibit designed for children 4-14. This exhibit teaches young people about stem cells through very high-tech and interactive zones to spark their curiosity and passion for science - especially in regenerative medicine. Children are able to interact with technologies such as GestureTek Health's 42" multitouch table each used for education and entertainment.
 
Following the exhibits success in 2014, it has since travelled to Newcastle, UK. After the Toronto stop, Super Cell visited California, and will then return to Canada in 2017, to the Musee de Fjord in Quebec. Super Cells is an award-winning exhibit that was produced by the Stem Cell Network and Musee Nature Sciences Sherbrooke, with assistance from stem cell and regenerative medicine translation centres in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. Super Cells was awarded the 2015 CASCADE Award for Best Exhibit or Show - Small Institution, from the Canadian Association of Science Centres.

If you would like information on a similar system for your business visit our website  or email info@gesturetekhealth.com.
SmileZone Foundation Adds Custom Painted Cubes to Renovated
Waiting Rooms at Pediatric Clinics Across Ontario  

Ashlyn playing with the customized Cube v5 used in the Grandview Childrens Centre, Oshawa

The fifth Smilezone Installation was completed last weekend at KidsAbility Centre for Child Development in Waterloo! The Smilezone was created in the centre's existing main reception area, brightening and revitalizing the space with fun new murals, a television, iPad stations, a fun and accessible playhouse and GestureTek Health's Cube v5 - a turnkey portable interactive floor projection unit that families can play on together, regardless of age or ability!

The custom-painted Cube v5 projects an interactive, gesture-controlled display on the floor for accessible play and immersive experiences. Kids in the waiting room can now engage and play with the various effects not only for fun, but to help ease any anxiety associated with a trip to the doctor's office. Smilezone aims to expand and renovate even more health centre's, continuing to bring smiles and our Cube's to pediatric centres across Ontario!
Read more here.

Interested in The Cube for health facilities, visit the Gestur eTek Health  website .
IREX wins the Innovation of the Year Award 2016 from COPA

Participants find themselves immersed in rehabilitation exercises at the COPA Expo

June 15, 2016  - Three-industry leading events, all running over two days and under one roof, make Physical Rehab World the most spectacular exhibition in Europe for medical rehabilitation professionals. The three events, COPA Practice Growth, Neurological Rehabilitation Expo and Elite Sports Rehabilitation Expo, ran alongside each other at ExCel London, June 13th-15th. This event is CPD accredited and thus gathers together the most influential and experienced leaders and experts from the industry to offer the optimal level of guidance and demonstration of the latest technologies, products and services that will shape the profession for years to come.
 
Demonstrating leadership and innovation in the neurological health sector, GestureTek Health was chosen as an exhibitor for the event, which brings together the top influential and professional leaders in the industry. Visitors were invited to immerse themselves in full body video gesture controlled rehabilitation experiences, engaging with the IREX (Immersive Rehabilitation Exercise System) and Cube V5.

The IREX brings both fun and function to the rehabilitation experience, tracking patient's progress behind the scenes of engaging, hands-free gesture-controlled virtual reality games, proven to improve patient motivation and repetition for rehabilitation exercises. The Cube is a compact, portable, turnkey unit that projects an interactive gesture-controlled display onto any floor or wall for sensory engagement and unique immersive experiential environments. Both products offer a fun, engaging, hygienic, and accessible experience for patients of all ages and abilities. 
 
GestureTek Health was honoured to be nominated for and to win the COPA Practise Growth: Innovation of the Year Award. This award recognizes the most innovative concept that has broken new ground in the sector, standing out from the competition through such factors as design, operation and effectiveness. GestureTek Health was up against four other nominees that all specialized in medical rehabilitation products. The judging included a speech in front of a jury panel along with a demonstration of the product. Read more here.

If you would like to find out more about CubeV5 and the award-winning IREX, please visit our  website or  email info@gesturetekhealth.com.
GestureTek Chosen to Exhibit In Ontario's First Ever
Accessibility Innovation Showcase

Demonstrating the IREX immersive rehabilitation exercise system at AIS

Ontario hosted the first ever Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS), an official event of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games, Saturday, August 8 to Monday, August 10, 2015 at the MaRS Discovery District. GestureTek was honoured to be chosen as an exhibitor for the event, demonstrating their innovations in rehabilitation and health technology that can benefit people with disabilities, their families and employers across Ontario. The showcase was held in association with the United States Consulate General in Toronto.

GestureTek Health's true highlight at AIS was in demonstrating the IREX (immersive rehabilitation exercise system). IREX is an immersive video gesture control technology that places patients in virtual environments for clinician prescribed therapeutic exercise regimes, adjustable to any patients needs, that can test single joints, combined joint movement or full body function. The immersion in a full-body virtual world enhances a patients sense of "presence" and real-time auditory/visual feedback results in improved motivation and effort in rehabilitation exercises. In fact, research has found that patients are two to three times more likely to do their exercises with the IREX, and for two to three times longer! Read more here. 

If you would like to learn more about the IREX, please visit our website or email info@gesturetekhealth.com.
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