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Australian Scientists Declare Virtual Reality Is Officially Considered Exercise

Image: iStock, Source: Gizmodo AU

“When you look at almost any study about the physical and mental benefits of video games, you’ll find a reference to “exergames”. Games like Wii Sports, and Just Dance on the Kinect – the kinds of games specifically designed to get you active. Even though is wasn’t explicitly designed to be, Virtual Reality is now considered a part of this group – thanks to a University of Sydney study revealing just how much physical exertion the games require. (Spoiler: sometimes it’s a lot). …”


Authors Bio

Judy Kay

Judy Kay

Judy aims to create personalised computing that is embedded throughout the environment to support people in the broad range of activities that are important to their lives.

Soojeong Yoo

Soojeong Yoo

PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney Sydney, Australia

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    Exercise is important for health and well-being. Exergames on modern gaming consoles have demonstrated potential to address this problem, by helping people stay motivated, which subsequently benefited their health.

Related Publications

Soojeong Yoo, Tristan Heywood, Chris Ackad, Judy Kay: Evaluating the Actual and Perceived Exertion Provided by Virtual Reality Games. In: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2017.