2Interactive Exercise for the Elderly
A prototype game for the elderly, Zoezi Park uses Microsoft’s Kinect to provide an interactive exercise program consisting of an obstacle course with stations along the way. “Zoezi” is a Swahili word for exercise. Performing the exercises allows the elderly to reduce falls by 35 percent, according to Flynn, who sees the game becoming part of an insurance plan and people receiving it for a 65th birthday present. “They’d have to play the game for the rest of their lives,” she said. “That’s how you stay balanced.”
3Posture Exercises in a 3D Park
By walking through different stations in the 3D environment, Zoezi Park players can pick up different tips on posture and other health-related topics. “One of the things that makes our game different from a regular off-the-shelf Kinect game is that we have embedded in our game a few safety checks,” Flynn said. “We’re trying to avoid putting people in an unsafe situation, but at the same time to work on their balance so they won’t fall.”
4A Scavenger Hunt for Survival
Treasure of Bell Island is an adventure game named after the initials of “traumatic brain injury” (TBI), also called intracranial injury, in which a bump or jolt—like from a football game or motor vehicle accident—can cause damage to the brain. Players challenge their cognitive functions as a treasure-hunting company member stranded on an island.
5Testing Motor Response on Bell Island
6Challenging Cognitive Abilities
Treasure of Bell Island allows people with traumatic brain injuries to practice daily living by making sure they and other characters in the game get enough food and rest along the way to rescue Professor Swan. “It’s about building shelters, getting enough rest and taking care of yourself,” Flynn said.
7Practicing Balance on the Island
8Reset Strengthens Coordination
Reset is a game that works to restore cognitive skills following mild traumatic brain injury. It consists of 13 to 15 assessments a clinician would carry out for people with brain injuries and allows participants to strengthen their visual perception, memory and coordination.
9Algorithms and Executive Function
10Reset Helps Clinicians Evaluate Memory
11Reset Uses the Samsung SUR40 Tabletop PC
12Deep Ocean Provides Clinicians With Gaming Data
Deep Ocean provides a Web portal for clinicians to collect data on how a player performs in Blue Marble’s games. The company has organized the data according to various cognitive and physical skills, and clinicians can export the data to an electronic health record (EHR).