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A Chat with a Wearable Computer Expert

Dr. Maribeth Gandy, director of the Georgia Tech University Interactive Media Technology Center, has been conducting research on wearable computer and augmented reality technology for almost two decades.

Digital Atlanta Panel given by Dr. Maribeth Gandy

"Storytelling on the Move":  The broad proliferation of high speed wireless connectivity - where one lives, works and plays - is enabling a boom in applications and services to deliver digital, social, mobile media, transmedia, cross-platform and social TV experiences that drive engagement between fans and content and brands and consumers for business success. Come hear the success stories!

Health Mashups: Presenting statistical patterns between wellbeing data and context in natural language to promote behavior change

People now have access to many sources of data about their health and wellbeing. Yet, most people cannot wade through all of this data to answer basic questions about their long-term wellbeing: Do I gain weight when I have busy days? Do I walk more when I work in the city? Do I sleep better on nights after I work out?

Usability an Important Goal for the Design of Therapeutic Games for Older Adults

The importance of usability for older adults in therapeutic games has not been well explored. Aspects of game-related usability that go beyond typical considerations are a need for challenge, complexity, adoption by novices, motivation for extensive use, and enjoyment. Benefits to considering usability as it pertains to this special population may have long-term benefits for personal independence, maintenance of skills, and rehabilitation from injury.

The Taxonomy and Design Criteria for Health Game Design in the Elderly

The idea that such pervasive and ever-growing immersion in digital gaming affects gamers’ real life seems obvious and is the focus of this volume. This book includes a variety of topics in this field: game theory, emotional engagement, fantasy world, game designs and development, and gambling with online games.

Putting fun into video games for older adults

Our observations of players older than 65 suggested that they weighed costs and benefits when deciding whether or not to play video games. Current games can be higher in cost for seniors because of the perceptual and cognitive changes that tend to occur with age. When seniors choose to invest effort in overcoming those costs, it is often because they perceive a high benefit.

Fear of failure: gender differences in older adult gamers

We examine gender differences in older adults playing an off-the-shelf puzzle game, Boom Blox. Game design research for the elderly is an under-developed area, even though one-fifth of adults over the age of sixty-five reported playing video games and those that do so play more often that their younger counterparts. Gender differences in older adult gamers are even less understood.

Successful aging through digital games: Socioemotional differences between older adult gamers and Non-gamers

Researchers asked 140 people aged 63 and older how often they played video games, if at all. The study participants then took a battery of tests to assess their emotional and social well-being. 61 percent of study participants played video games at least occasionally, with 35 percent of participants saying they played at least once per week.

The Design of an Interactive Stroke Rehabilitation Gaming System

There is a compelling need to create an alternative and affordable home based therapy system founded on sound rehabilitative principles, that is readily available, engaging and motivational, and can be remotely monitored by therapists. In the past two years, stroke related medical costs have increased 20%, while the number of clinical treatment sessions have declined.

Experiences with an AR Evaluation Test Bed: Presence, Performance, and Physiological Measurement

This paper discusses an experiment carried out in an AR test bed called “the pit”. Inspired by the well-known VR acrophobia study of Meehan et al., the experimental goals were to explore whether VR presence instruments were useful in AR (and to modify them where appropriate), to compare additional measures to these well-researched techniques, and to determine if findings from VR evaluations can be transferred to AR. An experimental protocol appropriate for AR was developed.

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