Jason Stephens, a grad student at New York University by day and an enigmatic massage therapist by night, hacked together an interesting system that uses a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera coupled with a video projector to bring old school massage into the new century. The system monitors masseuse’s hand movements and projects complementary colorful graphics on the body, which the subject would see thanks to a mirror or a video screen. The idea is based on the fact that a person’s perception of pain is tied to how one visually perceives the part of the body that is experiencing the pain. While there is no clinical evidence yet of any benefits from this system, we’re sure an upscale massage parlor in a fancy hotel somewhere would love to use it to impress its clients.
(hat tip: CNET)