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Signal of the Day: VR Exergames

by Marty Resnick  |  June 15, 2020  |  Comments Off on Signal of the Day: VR Exergames

The University of Bath has published a study “Race Yourselves: A Longitudinal Exploration of Self-Competition Between Past, Present, and Future Performances in a VR Exergame” proposing an idea that “to make the positive racing experience accessible to non-athletes using a high-intensity cycling VR exergame: by recording and replaying all their previous gameplay sessions simultaneously, including a projected future performance, players can race against a crowd of “ghost” avatars representing their individual fitness journey. The experience stays relevant and exciting as every race adds a new competitor.”

As one trains to become to reach their personal goals, they could use Augmented Human Experience technologies to not only track their progress but see and feel how it is benefitting them in real-time. This particular study found that this new VR exergame method improves physical performance, intrinsic motivation, and flow compared to a non-competitive exergame.

So why is this an important signal to follow:

Many organizations are looking at using Augmented Human Experience technologies, such as VR, AR, MR, Voice, and AR Cloud to enhance the human experience by enhancing cognitive and physical abilities. But those same organizations find it difficult to pinpoint specific use cases to start with, and even more, difficult tie those use cases back to specific measures of success, or failure. By comparing to the old “you”, in this case, the person, but the old “you” may just as easily apply to your organization. Imagine an Enterprise Exergame where you actually compete against older iterations and business models and compare them to the emerging new ones created and supported by Augmented Human Experiences.

Check out our “Cool Vendors in Augmenting Human Experiences” for more information on this emerging topic.

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Category: continuous-foresight  human-augmentation  signal-of-the-day  trendspotting  

Tags: exercise  human-augmentation  immersive  longitudinal  virtual-reality  vr  

Marty Resnick
Sr Director Analyst
3 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Marty Resnick is a Research Director on Gartner's Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team based in Atlanta, GA (USA). Mr. Resnick's primary focus is on the role of the Enterprise Architect in the selection, recommendation and implementation of emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality and augmented reality), as well as, the use of methodologies such as Agile and Design Thinking for use in ideation, innovation and achieving business outcomes. Read Full Bio




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