Mobile Exergaming to Improve Health
Article by Ryan Malcolm
by Prof. Steffen P Walz
With the prevalence of video games in today’s society, the CDI has identified an opportunity to further explore exergaming, a concept that promotes exercise through gamification by focusing on promoting game elements such as mechanics and user interface design in an effort to attract users, with the goal of cultivating an increased consciousness of health. While game consoles such as the Nintendo Wii have experienced relative success in promoting physical exercise within video games, the move to more mobile devices has been drastic in recent years, and the work of Professor Steffen P Walz and his team has looked to capitalize on this phenomenon by developing an exergaming mobile application entitled Mission: Schweinehund.
The application provides users with a fitness-level adjusted, personal exercise regime which utilizes smartphone sensors and actuator capabilities in order to incentivize a healthier lifestyle through the use of interactive storytelling and advanced game mechanics. By creating an engaging and adaptive exergaming application, major strides have been taken to reduce instances of type-2 diabetes mellitus and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mission: Schweinehund is currently available on the German iOS and Android stores, with more German language details available at www.mission-schweinehund.de.