Walking for superpowers
Project ELAINE is currently trialling a one-of-a-kind 'Exergame' with 10 independently mobile seniors over six weeks.
Project ELAINE goes the extra mile
Exergames combine exercise and video games. This project goes the extra mile by exploring a concept where the game and exercise occur separately to encourage physical and cognitive activities in seniors.
Trial participants are given a Fitbit activity tracker to record their steps and a tablet to play "Solitaire Fitness".
In the first stage of the trial, seniors record their steps and play the game without rewards. The rewards will be unlocked in the second stage. Having more steps will allow participants to use more powers and make the game more interesting. In this approach, the researchers aim at making exercise one of the core game mechanics.
This is the first attempt at using such a concept in the field of serious games for health for the senior community.
The team has very positive feedback from an initial pre-trial workshop early in 2018 [1,2] and they anticipate a very positive response from the aged cohort currently trialling the game.
We strongly believe that this game will be effective in both getting seniors playing games that keep their brains active and getting them out of their house and exercise.
Dr Jaime Garcia and A/Prof Valerie Gay (Core Chief Investigators)
Project ELAINE is an interdisciplinary project run within the Faculty of Engineering and IT, including work from collaborators in both the School of Electrical and Data Engineering and the School of Computer Science.
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Research papers on this project
- Valerie C. Gay, Jaime A. Garcia, Tuck W. Leong, Using Asynchronous Exergames to Encourage an Active Ageing Lifestyle: Solitaire Fitness Study Protocol. Book chapter in Digital Health: Changing the Way Healthcare is Conceptualised and Delivered Selected, Pages 70 – 75 DOI 10.3233/SHTI190775 Editors Cummings, E., Merolli, M., Schaper, L.K. Pub. Date August 2019
- Jaime Garcia, Valerie Gay, Tuck Leong. Solitaire Fitness: using Asynchronous Exergaming to Encourage Elderly to Stay Active, 7th International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, IEEE SeGAH 2019, Kyoto, August 2019 DOI 10.1109/SeGAH.2019.8882471