Games for Health

By Stephen P. Yang, Ph.D. | Using games and technology to improve health #GFH #seriousgames #exergame #exergaming

Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — "Pokemon Go" monsters can roam virtually wherever they please, but they'll need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks.<p>At the height of the game's popularity last summer, the large crowds it attracted to one Milwaukee park left county officials at a loss for how to deal with …

Pokémon

Inside an IMAX virtual reality arcade

We don’t know yet if VR arcades in the United States are going to find success, but it is looking like IMAX VR is going to give it a great try.<p>We went inside the big-screen company’s flagship VR center in Los Angeles this week, and got a good look at their plans for arcade roll-outs this year …

Virtual Reality

Review: The Moov HR Sweat pushes us to our limit

Most fitness gadgets track and monitor your exercise levels, but there are some devices which also use tech to push you to do more. The upcoming Moov …

ExerGame Lab

CES 2017 - Health, Fitness, & Wellness, Technology (part 1)<p>at<p>2/17/2017<p>Attending the CES has been a bucket list item as I would usually be watching …

Wearable Tech

The World of Pokémon GO has Expanded!

Build-your-own VR accessories: Why Vive Tracker is a great idea

I was given a baseball bat, and a VR headset was slipped over my face. Not a great combo for me, someone who can't hit a real baseball with any accuracy at all. But it's the demo I remember most, among all my VR experiences at CES in Las Vegas this year... because it felt real.<p>Reality, …

Virtual Reality

This year, some of the better moments of Super Bowl LI didn't happen only on the field.

Operation<br>Better<p>This year, while the world was watching Super Bowl LI, we were making it better for the ones who make that day, and every day …

Brain Training Exercises Just Make You Better at Brain Training Exercises

If you spend time building your physical strength and stamina in the gym, you can expect to carry these benefits into everyday life. It will be …

The Brain

Cyber-cycling helps kids at school

This virtual reality glove will let you feel what you touch

The VR world is becoming more than just about experiencing new realities it’s about touching and feeling them as well.<p>A Japanese company called Exiii …

Virtual Reality

This VR Installation Will Give You a New Body in Real Time | The Creators Project

<i>Images courtesy the artist</i><p>Many virtual reality experiences are about exploring new spaces and environments. In the VR installation <i>Invisible</i>, however, London-based interaction designer and creative developer Sabba Keynejad allows users to see themselves abstracted and fragmented in …

Virtual Reality

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon become fastest-selling games in Nintendo history in the Americas

After becoming the most pre-ordered video games in Nintendo history, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon the latest games in the wildly popular Pokémon …

Pokémon

CES 2017: Fisher-Price to launch high-tech exercise bike for toddlers - Jan. 4, 2017

Say 'Hello' to Barbie's new voice-activated Dreamhouse<p>Toymaker Fisher-Price has a clever solution for parents looking to give toddlers guilt-free screen time.<p>The company announced on Wednesday the Think & Learn Smart Cycle, an exercise bike with a tablet holder tacked onto the handlebar.<p>The bike, …

Toys

Board game raises over $10 million, becomes one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever

A board game has raised $10 million on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.<p>It's a cooperative, immersive, tabletop board game in which players …

Startups

Fitbit announces integration with a nutrition service and a virtual reality bike

Fitbit’s already got some of the top-selling fitness trackers on the market, but as the space faces a potential over-saturation, continued success lies in partnerships. As such, the wearable maker’s been building up its Works With Fitbit ecosystem one piece at a time.<p>In the past year, Fitbit has …

FDA clears BioGaming's Microsoft Kinect-based physiotherapy software

BioGaming, an Israel-based startup, has <b>received FDA clearance</b> for its YuGo Microsoft Kinect-based physical therapy system. Calls to the company for …

‘Pokémon Go’: How to Play the Game Without Going Outside

Pokemon Go is now available on iOS and Android devices. (Nintendo)<p>Nintendo’s new augmented reality game <i>Pokémon</i> <i>Go</i> encourages players to leave the …

3DRudder’s peculiar little foot-powered VR controller goes wireless

I was surprised by how much I liked the original 3DRudder prototype when I tried it out a while back. It’s a strange little solution to the issue of mobility in VR – but then, they all kind of are. It’s a strange little problem to begin with.<p>The peripheral apparently began life as a foot-powered …

Virtual reality tested as obesity fix

Debra Lupinek tests the School of Management’s Virtual Reality Lab located in the Pogo Mine Room of the Bunnell Building. She used the virtual …

Virtual Reality

In a study with Pfizer, Akili's neurocognitive assessment video game can detect biomarkers of Alzheimer's

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs and Pfizer have released data from a collaborative study showing the use of Akili’s digital, cognitive …

NYU Professor Adam Alter: How to Make an Experience Addictive

Boosting Fitness for Astronauts

A new study protocol, published today in <i>BMC Psychology</i> explores how exercise video games can improve astronauts motivation to exercise. Here, author …

Exercise

This is the first augmented gaming climbing wall

Why Brain Training Games Fail to Improve Your Memory or Focus

The scientific claims made by brain training apps are likely too good to be true.<p>Want to improve your memory, focus and cognitive abilities? Download any of the leading brain training apps, and you'll be well on your way in just a few minutes a day. Or so they claim.<p>Apps like Lumosity, BrainHQ and …

The Brain

Pokemon Gone: how Pokemon Go can bring back lapsed trainers

Pokemon GoneWhen it was first released in July of this year, Pokémon Go immediately captured the attention of the world. Not only did it beat the …

Pokémon

Brain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test

Want to be smarter? More focused? Free of memory problems as you age?<p>If so, don't count on brain games to help you.<p>That's the conclusion of an exhaustive evaluation of the scientific literature on brain training games and programs. It was published Monday in the journal <i>Psychological Science in the</i> …

Vegas Casino Introduces Cash Bets on VR Games Using Beautiful Glass Box

<b>What happens in a Vegas virtual reality cube, stays in a Vegas virtual reality cube.</b>Casinos are about to take a huge leap into the future next year …

Virtual Reality