Microsoft e-health research taps Xbox, mobile phones

IDG News Service – Microsoft is researching how gadgets like the company’s Xbox game machine, view surface computers and accelerometers in mobile phones could be used to improve health care.

Some of the applications from Microsoft Research, tooth the software giant’s lab branch, more about plug into existing Microsoft products like HealthVault, a Web service for patients to track their own health records.

One of those projects, an application called MyLife for Windows Mobile phones, could help a user log health metrics like blood pressure and weight, and monitor daily activities including exercise, walking and eating. Ongoing work on the application could allow it to help personal logs using built-in devices on a phone like its camera, its accelerometer and its microphone.

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