December 12, 2013
Santa Clara, California-based Blue Goji, co-founded by Guitar Hero inventors Charles Huang and Kai Huang, has launched an exergame called Goji Play, available for $99 online. The game is meant to be played at the gym on exercise machines such as treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes.
Blue Goji has three components. The app, available only on iOS devices, a set of wireless...
November 11, 2013
DanceDanceRevolution Pocket Edition
Popular exercise videogame DanceDanceRevolution may find new life in an unlikely place: the smartphone. Developer Konami has released DanceDanceRevolution: Pocket Edition, which allows iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch users to play the dancing game without the need for large hardware like external dance pads.
DanceDanceRevolution, or DDR, began as a Japanese...
September 18, 2013
Video game maker Nintendo seems to be putting its energies into fitness in an effort to save its floundering Wii U console, including launching an activity meter that could compete with the likes of the Misfit Shine or the Fitbit One.
The company announced that Wii Fit U, the new version of the company's successful fitness game Wii Fit, will finally launch November 1. It was originally slated to...
July 29, 2013
Blue Goji CEO Kai Huang
Brothers Charles and Kai Huang, the co-founders of Red Octane and inventors of Guitar Hero, have set their sights on health gaming. AllThingsD is reporting that the pair's new company, Blue Goji, is coming out of stealth mode with a new take on gamified fitness: hardware that turns treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes into fitness-driven arcades.
Kai Huang, the...
June 28, 2013
Studies have shown that exercise video games, or exergames, can benefit elderly people who sometimes have trouble getting enough daily physical activity. But few studies have dealt with the question of how to get older people to engage with video games in the first place.
"I can give you a stationary bike, but if you don't bike it, I doubt that you will get any benefits from it," said Annerieke...
February 15, 2013
Philips GoSafe: The latest PERS offering from Philips Lifeline. Like every other commercially available PERS offering, it does not claim to prevent falls.
According to the CDC, falls are the number one cause of injury death among older adults and the number one reason for hospital admissions for trauma. Falls are a serious problem for older people living at home, and a burden on our healthcare...
January 16, 2013
Konami might not be a familiar name in healthcare, but gamers likely recognize the Japanese company as one of the pioneers of the video game industry that successfully transitioned from jukeboxes to arcade games to home video game systems in the 1980s. And now, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare (a division of UnitedHealth Group), the company is entering the field of public health, offering...