There are lots of applications for Microsoft’s Kinect. Some let you dance your pants off, while others can improve your fitness.

But here’s one that might have a little more importance: Microsoft is working with the Air Force to help soldiers regain their strength after fighting for the country.

The Redmond software giant is combining its Kinect technology with off-the-shelf software that injured soldiers can use to perform physical therapy at home instead of traveling to a medical facility.

InfoStrat’s ReMotion360 physical therapy software will be used for the project. InfoStrat is listed on this Microsoft page of Kinect partners offering customizable solutions.

This is similar to medical-software startup Jintronix, a company that uses the Kinect to help patients do physical therapy from their living rooms and have software that creates a feedback loop between a patient performing rehabilitation exercises remotely and a physical therapist.

This isn’t the first time the Army has thought about using the Kinect. There were reports from earlier this year that the Army wanted to use the Kinect as a low-cost solution for smarter cockpits that track what pilots see or do.

Previously on GeekWire: Kinect-based medical software startup Jintronix raises cash from Madrona, plans move to Seattle 

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  • Thiago

    That’s exactly the kind of help I would want if I was a wounded soldier. I’m glad they can get the help that they need. It’s good to know our people are being taken care of. Thiago | http://www.pleasantviewphysio.ca/en/services.html

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