So in 2005 the Sony Playstation came out with the eye toy. This opened up
avenues for some fitness style games to encourage a exercise training program.
Kinetic was the front runner offering the gambit from aerobics to tai chi style
balance routines. By using the camera the game would register movement you made
on the screen. This wasn't bad, but left a little to be desired in a smaller
living room with any type of decor on your walls.
Now once again we see the gaming industries stepping up to the plate, this
time with the Nintendo Wii. They opened their initial bundle with Wii sports
that introduced their gamers to the interactive controls. Now they are
attempting to venture into fitness, this time with a new type of controller
that is called a "balance board".
They are launching Wii Fit; it is supposed to offer a full range of balance
and aerobic style activities. It goes with the concept to registering your
weight distribution on their new controller. From its demo, I saw everything
from push ups, yoga, dancing and the hula hoop.
So this leads me to the question:
With all of the new technologies coming up, do you think this type of video
game can indeed get people off their couch and start exercising?
That's cool. I like it. I think it helps, but I doubt the serious couch potatoes will get up a buy Wii Fit. Someone will though and that's all that matter I guess. It's better then sitting and playing video games.
With all the new technology coming out these days, its impressive to see how this is evolving.
Here is a link to a youtube video that demos the new Xbox Kinect.
I think its great.
I can atest to at least some success from WiiFit.... we did a biggest loser competition at my workplace last fall and I started using WiiFit at that point... I ended up going from 176 lbs to 140 lbs and getting second place in the competition.... WiiFit didnt do all that but it got me started. and helped a lot w/ tracking my progress. I definitely noticed improvements in different areas (i could do a lot more pushups, longer planks, etc...) But most of all it just got me started w/ a more active lifestyle. After the contest I did Couch to 5k and have been off and running since having done quite a few 5ks, 2 10ks, 1 10 mile run and some fun mud runs... Now working towards completing a half marathon but wouldnt be here at all if i hadnt got started back then. I only occasionally hop on WiiFit now but its nice to see my levels havent changed much since the last time...