FunFitTech (Kinect With Kids) Status Update

Since the last time we talked about this project a lot has happened! We have taken our basic working framework and conducted three focus groups of children ranging from 5 to 10 years old to get their input on future design concepts for the prototype. Even though our demo prototype only supported three simple gestures, the children's responses were very positive. The prototype did its job as a design prompt. As far as game design goes, there were some surprising ideas! Stay tuned for future news on this project with updates on our designs. Getting children's feedback at design time is important to being able to design a game that will get our target age group to be active and stay active.

I’m an undergrad at Louisiana State University in Shreveport majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Development. Working on the HCI side of computer science has been quite enlightening. The FunFitTech project has showed me that computer science is not just about bits and bytes but there is a human component that is also important.