With a background in computer science and electronics Dr. Alejandro Mendoza has worked in the medical domain for more than 10 years. He has a master of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and finished his PhD in informatics at the Technical University of Munich in Germany at the department of Robotics and Embedded Systems. His research focused on the automation of medical devices and monitoring of patients vital parameters. For 7 years he worked at the German Heart Center in Munich where he gained experience on monitoring patient’s vital parameters and found the need of medical systems that help in the recovery process. Since 2017 he is a co-founder of reFit Systems GmbH a company focused on the digitalization and gamification of therapeutic processes.
Games in child rehabilitation, Challenges and Opportunities
Over the last five years the team from reFit Systems has extensively worked on the development of video games that can be used for rehabilitation purposes. Throughout this time several lessons have been learned and different challenges have been faced. It is well known that games are an effective way of incentivizing children to do repetitive tasks that in other way would become boring. This however does not mean that by using a game everything is solved, and game development itself brings new challenges. We present a short summary of these challenges and how we intend to provide of better solutions that can help therapists guide their patients through recovery in an effective and fun way.