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Improving children's diets using behavior change video games shows promise

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TechAndComputer (Dec. 13, 2010) — Obesity in youngsters has risen dramatically in recent decades. Fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption and increased water intake can lower the risk of obesity, as can increased physical activity, but it is not always easy to convince children to eat better and exercise more. In a new study published in the January 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that video games...

TechAndComputer (Dec. 13, 2010) — Obesity in youngsters has risen dramatically in recent decades. Fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption and increased water intake can lower the risk of obesity, as can increased physical activity, but it is not always easy to convince children to eat better and...

How video games stretch the limits of our visual attention

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 18, 2010) — They are often accused of being distracting, but recent research has found that action packed video games like Halo and Call of Duty can enhance visual attention, the ability that allows us to focus on relevant visual information. This growing body of research, reviewed in WIREs Cognitive Science, suggests that action based games could be used to improve military training, educational approaches, and certain...

TechAndComputer (Nov. 18, 2010) — They are...

Tools to create avatars that preserve same identity and manner of interacting on any visual support

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 15, 2010) — Unlike simple instructions or an automatic answering machine, an avatar or virtual person carrying out the tasks as an assistant enables its user to have "more intuitive and natural" communication, states Ms María del Puy Carretero, computer engineer and researcher at the Vicomtech-IK4 centre, who is working on perfecting avatars.

In fact, she has recently proposed and validated a series of tools and architecture...

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Taking movies beyond Avatar -- for under £100

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 10, 2010) — A new development in virtual cameras at the University of Abertay Dundee is developing the pioneering work of James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar using a Nintendo Wii-like motion controller -- all for less than £100.

Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time, used several completely new filming techniques to bring to life its ultra-realistic 3D action. Now computer games researchers have found a way of taking...

TechAndComputer (Nov. 10, 2010) — A new...

Culturally inspired mobile phone games help Chinese children learn language characters

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 19, 2010) — Mobile phone-based games could provide a new way to teach basic knowledge of Chinese language characters that might be particularly helpful in underdeveloped rural areas of China, say researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Mobile & Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE) Project.

Earlier this year, researchers reported that two mobile learning games, inspired by traditional Chinese...

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