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Location based game for play and training

Interactive mobile location based games in mobile phones are . . .
a new way to increase physical activity, accessibility and participation in community life for people with disabilities. Research is lacking on how these games can motivate people to regular physical activity in outdoor settings and how this affects their health and well-being.

The purpose of the research project is . . .
to explore the potentials of location based games together with people who have disabilities and personnel in Region Skåne (County Council in southern Sweden). Particular focus will be on mobile games that motivate players to be physically active, as well as important factors for such game concepts.

Overall research question . . .
How can location based mobile technology be designed to motive people in the target group to play and take part in enjoyable physical activity on a regular basis?

Target group . . .
Children, young people and adults with reduced vision or physical limitations who have a need for and  interest in physical activity, and in developing, using and evaluating mobile games.

This is what we are doing . . .
We have started by making an inventory of existing game concepts in relation to their usefulness and applicability to the project target group. This will result in a number of game concepts that will form the basis for the development of prototypes that can then be tested in various case studies. The research is based on "co-design", which means that all the people involved participate in different ways in the design process that will result in the game concepts and prototypes. The activities planned are interviews, workshops and practical testing of the game prototypes. People from the target group, designers, developers and habilitation staff will all participate.

Expected results . . .
New knowledge on what types of game design and content works and motivates the people who are participating. The goal is that people with disabilities can have access to several fun and motivating physical outdoor activities.

Contact . . .
For more information, please contact Delphine Szymczak (epost : delphine.szymczak@certec.lth.se).
Eva Nordmark will also work on the project along with  Charlotte Magnusson and Per-Olof Hedvall from Certec.
The project is financed by: The Research Platform for Disability Studies in Habililtation 

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