Exergaming with your cell phone
My cell phone is one of those cheap pay-as-you-go models that only does one thing: make phone calls. (And I think it has about $200 worth of minutes built up in it, since I keep forgetting to take it with me!) So if I write about cell phone technology, I may sound like a Martian who just landed and is utterly fascinated by a traffic signal. Please pardon my ignorance…
The new Sony Ericsson Yari phone has all the usual bells and whistles that today’s phones have, but it also combines the motion-sensing ability of the Wiimote, Your Shape and Eye Toy. It doesn’t seem to be available stateside, but reviews are popping up on foreign websites. This review from a site in India describes a fitness game and tennis game that sense your hand or body motions with a built-in camera, and a bowling game where you swing the phone like a Wiimote.
Other sites are saying that a boxing game is available for the phone. I can’t find any good gameplay videos, but here’s a video of (allegedly) a demonstration of the phone’s ability:
I know I’ve felt that way before in restaurants and classrooms; with the Yari, now I can score points for a one-two punch.
Posted on December 17, 2009, in Exergaming, Game previews and tagged bowling, boxing, cell phone, controller, Exergaming, eye toy, fitness, gadgets, tennis, workout video, your shape. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.