The dance app that helps assess Parkinson’s – Financial Times

The Patana AI app is used to assess the body movements of a man in a Bulawayo nursing home


A few years ago a dance craze called the Vosho swept South Africa. The dance involves variations on a hop, a kick, a drop and a pop — hop on your left foot, kick out your right, drop your backside into a crouch and pop back up. Not for the weak-kneed, it is both endlessly adaptable and quite specific — you know a good one when you see one.

Babusi Nyoni, a developer and designer, saw in the dance an opportunity to test a new machine learning model called Tensorflow — which was released by the Google Brain deep learning artificial intelligence unit — that can estimate and judge a body’s movements.

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