Friday, February 22, 2013

DHCX 2013 Converging Networks

I am honored to have been asked to speak at DHCX 2013 about using Games for Health. Thank you to Dr.Jay Bernhardt, Rebeccah Mercado, Ben Sawyer, and Beth Bryant for the invitation to speak and to all the great speakers and attendees who are helping to improve health.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Exergame Education Workshop at Dupage County Institute 2013

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I am honoured to be a part of the Exergame Education Workshop at the Pre-Conference Dupage County Institute 2013 on Thursday February 28, 2013 at the Chicago Bulls-Sox Training Academy in Lisle, Illinois. The facility is the Premier Exergame Showroom for Exergame Fitness / Motion Fitness and houses the latest in exergaming and fitness programming for the 21st century. Equipment includes: Trazer, Makoto Sports Arena, Lightspace, Freedom Climber, Neuroactive Brain Bikes, Expresso Bikes, iDance, Motion Surface XG... and much more!

Hope to see you there!

Top Flight Speakers (not including me):

Dan Lawler, Ph.D. - Retired Principal
Stephen P. Yang, Ph.D. - SUNY Cortland College
George Velarde - California Physical Educator of the Year
Sharon Warren - Polar Electro Education
Matt Diskin - Physical Education Specialist

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Health Moves on iOS

In the ever-crowded arena of physical activity tracking devices and apps, Apple recently released Moves and to my surprise is pretty efficient app both interface, usability, and battery consumption wise. (Moves FAQ on iTUNES)

Simply put, enable the Location feature and this turns on the GPS to locate where you are and thus if you move quickly via car, the GPS will kick in and record it as "transport" time. As I'm typing this blog piece, I believe the accelerometer is detecting my steps b/c the green icon pulses whenever I take a step. The user guide says that whenever the GPS detects very little variations in your location, it cycles down (but I can't be sure of that). Overall battery life is about the same if you have "Location" services enabled already on your device.

Although there is no game function yet, MOVES seems to be the most fluid and intuitive of the other tracking apps I've used and if they open up the API to allow game and app developers - we could really see some nicely integrated games and activities. Of course with some simple tweaking adding simple gamification features like leaderboards, achievememts and challenges, we could see a real competitor to RunKeeper, MapMyRun, and all the other fitness apps.

Stay Active and Be Well!      [Via MakeUseOf, Moves website]

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