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Method to Incentivize Game Players to Become Physically Fit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243540D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Disclosed is a method to incentivize game players to become physically fit.

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Method to Incentivize Game Players to Become Physically Fit

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight. [1] According to a USA Today report, "Studies indicate that children who spend lots of time outdoors have longer attention spans than kids who watch lots of television and play video games, says Frances Kuo, director of the Human-Environment Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 'New research indicates that our intuition is right: Kids are spending way too much time with media and not enough time outside,' Kuo says." [2] Realizing that the lure of video games is unlikely to wane, this concept addresses the need to provide incentives for young gamers to go outside and play or exercise.

    Figurines that interact with a gaming console have recently become popular. [3,4,5] However, none of these concepts are geared towards incentivizing gamers to participate in physical activities outdoors. The proposed concept enables a data download to the figurine to provide game credit for activity performed outdoors. Once the gamer activates the game and mates the figurine to the game console, the credit is logged.

    Use game attached figurine to provide game activities that require physical activity by the player. Figurine is used because it is distinct from controller. This figurine would contain an array of a variety of sensors. The game could present an activity or challenge that required the player to take this figurine and do something active with it (run around the block with it, go take a hike, climb a certain elevation)...