Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Speed of Light (Hands-on)

I had a blast finally getting to play Speed of Light arcade exergame at Walt Disney Yacht Club Resort recently. A big thank you again to Dr. Jay Bernhardt, Rebeccah Mercado and staff for the invitation to speak at the 2013 Digital Health Communications Extravaganza. To warm-up for a couple of my workouts I tried these exergames and really got a pretty good sweat going. Check out the video and let me know if you've tried Speed Of Light before and if you have any suggestions to play it differently. 





Exergaming Benefits

  • Visual stimulus
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Reaction time
  • Agility
  • Lateral quickness
  • Hand speed, decision making
  • Peripheral vision
  • Pattern recognition impacting decision making / strategy / body positioning / kinesthetic awareness
Exergaming Points to Ponder (P2P)
  • Would be neat to consider having foot sensors to increase potential interactions and energy expenditure.
  • Would also be neat to consider proximity sensors added to button switches (a la FitLight).
  • In single player mode (using all sensors), because I was so close to the lights, it was hard to see the lights in my periphery especially at the extreme edges.I had to keep pulling my head back then scan to the sides.
  • I also had a hard time hearing whether or not I hit the right lights. It was a terribly loud arcade with machines pumped up way too high to be safe.
  • I also found my hand got sore because the lights were a slightly domed (cupped) and when you're striking several hundred targets over a couple of minutes....you can really feel it. I wonder what a flat target surface would be like like the Touch Wall / T-Wall exergame.




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