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The effectiveness of these games for fitness applications has been the subject of surprisingly little effort, and they each need to be compared against known exercise activities and exciting multimedia efforts such as videos. It would appear on fi rst glance that DDR would provide a pretty good aerobic workout. In addition, video games tend to be intrinsically motivating [10, 38] to a particular target audience and this would suggest that players would voluntarily participate to an extent not usually seen in exercise activities.

Feedback on the working prototype of the virtual Figure 10: Virtual test sled. X VR Space Y VR Space Z VR Space X Actual 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Figure 11: Comparison of simulation and actual distance time parameters. indd 31 1/29/2008 3:50:55 PM 32 COMPUTERS IN SPORT Figure 12: Test simulator iCentre CAVE without and with Avatar. bobsled developed for the iCentre CAVE has revealed the importance of creating an immersive experience that can be shared by both driver and coach (Figure 12). One aspect of the CAVE environment critical to recreating the experience will be the use of 3D stereo projection.

When the new controller is picked up and manipulated, it provides a quick and effective interaction with the system, sensing motion, depth and positioning dictated by the acceleration of the controller itself. Initial experiences with the Wii Console suggest it is relatively intuitive and realistic (see Figure 7). It appears to have fully 3D position-sensing capabilities and incorporates full multi-directional tilt functionality. A number of very interactive sports games are available for use with the system (see ‘Wii have a problem’ later in this chapter).

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