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Virtual reality and interactive digital game technology: new tools to address obesity and diabetes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21527091     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The convergence of the exponential advances in virtual reality (VR)-enabling technologies with a growing body of clinical research and experience has fueled the evolution of the discipline of clinical VR. This article begins with a brief overview of methods for producing and delivering VR environments that can be accessed by users for a range of clinical health conditions. Interactive digital games and new forms of natural movement-based interface devices are also discussed in the context of the emerging area of exergaming, along with some of the early results from studies of energy expenditure during the use of these systems. While these results suggest that playing currently available active exergames uses significantly more energy than sedentary activities and is equivalent to a brisk walk, these activities do not reach the level of intensity that would match playing the actual sport, nor do they deliver the recommended daily amount of exercise for children. However, these results provide some support for the use of digital exergames using the current state of technology as a complement to, rather than a replacement, for regular exercise. This may change in the future as new advances in novel full-body interaction systems for providing vigorous interaction with digital games are expected to drive the creation of engaging, low-cost interactive game-based applications designed to increase exercise participation in persons at risk for obesity.
Albert Skip Rizzo; Belinda Lange; Evan A Suma; Mark Bolas
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review     Date:  2011-03-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of diabetes science and technology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1932-2968     ISO Abbreviation:  J Diabetes Sci Technol     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-29     Completed Date:  2011-11-29     Revised Date:  2013-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101306166     Medline TA:  J Diabetes Sci Technol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  256-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2011 Diabetes Technology Society.
Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, Playa Vista, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Computer Simulation
Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
Health Education
Health Promotion / methods
Obesity / therapy*
Sedentary Lifestyle
User-Computer Interface
Video Games

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