Saturday, November 23, 2013

Namco’s Super Alpine Racer Exergame

When its cold and wet outside and before the ski hills open, why not get a little exercise and practice on this soon-to-be released arcade Super Alpine Racer exergame from Bandai Namco. While it won't be on par to the immersive exergaming experience and G-forces produced on the SkyTechSport Ski & Snowboard Simulator, I imagine the platform will definitely have some rocking and perhaps even vibration (vibrotactile) feedback to go along with a monstrous screen and some loud speakers for music and in-game sounds (swooshing). A HUGE "Hat Tip" to Kevin Stinger (Stinger Report) and Arcade Heroes for these great updates and photos from IAAPA 2013. Check out larger images and other details after the jump.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

CYBERBIKE Smart TV #Exergaming on Samsung® Smart TV

Exergaming at home just got a little easier with Cyberbike's Smart TV Edition that connects to Samsung's newest Smart TV. Although there are several VOD (Video on Demand) fitness channels (apps) already pre-loaded, this is the first wireless exergame we've seen to connect directly to a TV and not a game console. To find out more details about the bike and TV app click, please click through.

CYBERBIKE™ Smart TV Edition • Exergaming at home! • For Samsung® Smart TV:

Friday, November 15, 2013

SkyTechSport Ski & Snowboard Simulator Exergame

Enjoy realistic Sochi 2014 skiing and snowboarding runs (without the cold weather) on the SkyTechSport Ski and Snowboard Simulator Exergame. It gives new meaning to pushing hard on the inside edge of your skis. You can even perform while wearing 3D glasses all while having the motors replicate the actual G forces through the gliding platform and optoelectronic sensors. Now all you need is a wind and snow machine!

SkyTec Interactive designs and produces unique winter sports training equipment and virtual reality systems. Cutting edge alpine ski simulators and snowboard simulators by SkyTec Interactive allow skiers and snowboarders to experience the same G-force effects that they would in well-carved turns on a real slope. All products designed by SkyTec Interactive are globally patented.
Click through to see some amazing footage and details on where you can find their latest installations.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nike SB: The Skateboard Tracking App

While not a skateboarding exergame like Tony Hawk's Ride, this new iOS app will allow skaters to learn or share (by uploading your own video) their tricks with their friends or anyone else in the world. It looks like they've added game features like community sharing, mastery, and badges (just watched awesome Google Talk by Sebastian Deterding called "Meaningful Play. Getting »Gamification« Right") but not much else in terms of game mechanics, story lines, and community meaning. This is not to be confused with the exergame "Copy Paste Skate" from the Exertion Games Lab that combines infrared sensors, slow exposure photography and audio pickups to enable skaters to interact and see, hear your tricks.

Exergaming Points 2 Ponder (ExP2P)
  • I wonder if there the Nike SB app tracks how long you are on your skateboard?
  • Incorporating GPS into the app might give users more information - but also allow people to Game the system
  • Add a sensor (like Zepp or Babolat) that attaches to the skateboard to detect movement and tricks to give users different score and that also embeds into the video that is shared (velocity, torque, rotations/second, downward/upward forces, rotational velocity). 
  • Some of this data might even be instrumental in providing tutorials and "How-to" videos to learn how to perform certain tricks.
  • Users that add more videos and provide feedback to other users would earn a higher place on leaderboards and community forums. 

Click here to explore more of ExerGame Lab's archived posts involving research studies. 
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