Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 2014: Wearable Technology

Hello and welcome to a new topic for November 2014:  Wearable Technology.

Remember, I'm always taking requests about new topics and even encourage people to write in with their topics and questions.  Be sure to take a look at the submission guidelines along with submission procedure on the right hand side of the blog.  Topic suggestions and articles are welcome!

This month, I've combined a few requests together regarding Health Games, Input Devices, Mobile Beyond Phones into the topic of Wearable Technology.  While Oculus, Google Glass, and smartwatches are not necessarily about health and fitness, there is a whole host of wearable devices and apps focused on healthcare.  I've seen gamification attempts but would like to see more games in this area.

Some questions to consider:
  • How will these new devices impact game design?  How does the interface change the way we play games?
  • What new trends do you foresee?  Will these new devices be embraced by mainstream audiences?
  • How can the data harvested from wearable technology be used in gameplay and in games?
  • How intrusive would be these games, considering the data collected is about an individual and not a fictional character?


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