Conference Paper

Lifestyle Ubiquitous Gaming: Making Daily Lives More Plesurable

Waseda Univ., Tokyo
DOI: 10.1109/RTCSA.2007.45 Conference: 13th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications (RTCSA 2007), 21-24 August 2007, Daegu, Korea
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In this paper, we propose a novel computer gaming style Lifestyle Ubiquitous Gaming, where our experience is enriched in our daily lives by using gaming concepts. In lifestyle ubiquitous gaming, human daily activities are implicitly tracked and interpreted. Then, the feedback of the activities are returned to a user as a game system' presentation. The user can enjoy the game without too much conscious. This characteristic has a very big difference from traditional gaming. We describe the motivation and conceptual framework of lifestyle ubiquitous gaming, and show two case studies that we have conducted to demonstrate our proposal's feasibility and effectiveness.

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