Punching to Battle Paunch and to Bridge Health Gap

September 21, 2010 -

Researchers from the UK’s Teesside University have developed a modified Wii control system and boxing game in the hopes that it can motivate sedentary middle-aged participants into becoming more active.

Backed by a £200,000 (approximately $311,000 U.S.) grant from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC), the exergame system eliminates the ability for standard Wii users to cheat by replacing full movements with flicks of the wrist.

The university’s home-grown system utilizes a controller-based sensor in each hand, along with head and chest sensors. The hand controllers are also tied to a belt via a rubber-resistance band, all to ensure players must expend some degree of energy.

The project, which will be tested at the Buff’s Social Club in Stockton and is targeted at members of “workingmen’s clubs,” has a different goal in mind other than just having participants lose weight.

As researcher Dr. Paul Crawshaw explained, “We want to see if we can narrow health inequalities between rich and poor - and between Teesside and more affluent areas - by getting to this hard-to-reach part of society.”


 
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E. Zachary KnightBut how do you know a game is good before the game's release? If we don't know a game will be good until it is on the market, how are we ever going to get women leads?06/30/2015 - 9:56pm
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Matthew Wilson@EZK we need more female leads for sure, but if the game isnt good to start with it, or does not matter.06/30/2015 - 9:41pm
E. Zachary KnightMatt, But if we don't include more women leads in games, the chances of them leading a good game drops considerably. That is a big problem. The games industry is already risk adverse and you seem to be suggesting that it stay that way.06/30/2015 - 9:36pm
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Andrew EisenBut hey, we all make bad videos from time to time. I'm certainly not going to hold that single one against her.06/30/2015 - 6:31pm
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