Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Free "Exergames" Designed for People with Visual Impairments

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Free "Exergames" Designed for People with Visual Impairments

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As many articles in this journal have attested, lack of physical activity is a serious health concern for individuals who are visually impaired, as they have fewer opportunities and incentives to engage in physical activities that provide the amount and kind of stimulation sufficient to maintain adequate fitness and to

support a healthy standard of living. Exergames are video games that use physical activity as input and have the potential to change sedentary lifestyles and associated health problems. Since all commercially available exergames are not accessible to people with visual impairment, the VI Fit research project sought to develop exergames that can be played without visual feedback in order to increase the participation of users with visual impairments. All VI Fit games can be downloaded for free and played using a motion-sensing controller (the remote designed for the Nintendo Wii gaming system), which is capable of providing vibrotactile and audio cues. …

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