Developers from the medical start-up Cognuse have been developing new generation cognitive rehabilitation platform for restoring and training executive functions after a brain injury or stroke since 2006. Their method consists of set of games specially designed by specialists of the brain injury area, that patients have to repeatedly play through. System stores their results and provides new harder levels based on their performance. Platform can be also used for general cognitive training to battle the cognitive decline in the elderly population, including people with a tendency to develop Alzheimer’s or similar diseases.
Cognuse’s clients are mainly health-care service providers and hospitals who specialize in brain health treatments, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services. For the ease of use and effectiveness of the training all games are to be based on touch interaction (and possibly provide mouse controlled fallback). The program would be used both on-site and on patients homes by their individual schedule. This meant that picking a single platform in the beginning would have been very risky and lot of people with only PCs/Macs on their homes would be completely left out.
Those requirements did leave the development team with only a few possible technology choices:
- Native applications (Android, iOS, desktop).
- Adobe Flash.
Main target device iPad is perfect choice - users will use games/exercises in unconventional environment. From rehabilitation point of view its perfect: iPad is very easy to use and understand. Its fast (yes, LimeJS runs really fast even on original iPad), it has multi-touch (sure, we did not mention that LimeJS has a great support for multi-touch, but it does) and as mentioned already there is no need for rocket scientist to operate it. The exercises do feature multi-control options and specialized user-interface design to meet needs of its target users.
Cognuse is currently in private beta stage. Platform and exercises will be released for hospitals and test groups in summer 2011 in different continents. We can not give out specific dates or details about but I’m sure you will find more info in near future from Cognuse homepage. Sadly we cannot link to games yet but here are some screens to give you a understanding what we were talking about.