Motion Tracking Games
Motion tracking games are touchless or hands-free games
and are great in areas where infection control is of particular importance.
HOW IT WORKS
Motion tracking games are sensor-based games. This means that instead of having a mouse or touchscreen to control the game a sensor tracks your body movement. Microsoft’s Kinect, was probably the best-known sensor for motion tracking games.
The sensor is connected to a computer and a screen that runs and displays the game. When you stand in front of the sensor it is able to recognise your body. Now when you move your body the sensor is able to track these movements and display them to you by having a character on the screen move the same way you do, almost like a mirror.
Common games that are being played with motion tracking are sport games like, tennis, bowling, football but dancing games and even car racing games are popular motion tracking games.
PLAY AND THERAPY
Sensor based games are not only great for gameplay but can also help with physical therapy and recovery. Using motion tracking during recovery can give the child a sense of fun and enjoyment. This in turn will speed up the recovery process.
Combining these games with character design can be a very effective way for all the games to really become part of the hospital and can give children a friend who they can play with and who can help with through their recovery.