SNAP System Puts Gamers in Motion

An Image from a SNAP Promotional VideoMotion-based controls made their way in mainstream video gaming with the introduction of the Nintendo Wii in late 2006. Major players like Sony and Microsoft are now readying their own takes on motion sensing technology for market, not only to attract a wider segment of players but also to increase player activity levels.

Another promising new technology is quietly being perfected in Ottawa, Canada. Developed by a team of researchers at Carleton University, SNAP (Sensor Network for Active Play) requires players to move all four major limbs to control video games. Game Forward had the opportunity to test out the SNAP system in the company of Dr. Anthony Whitehead, professor at the Carleton School of Information Technology and lead researcher on the project. Read More...

Changing the Way Science is Done, One Click at a Time

Professor David BakerIt’s not everyday that a game challenges your problem-solving skills for the greater good. Foldit does just that to create a world of possibilities. Presented at the 2008 Games for Health Conference in Baltimore, the game lets human instinct contribute to advancing science.

The game, available for free download at fold.it, harvests the 3-D logic abilities of the human mind to twist and turn proteins in what the creators call “a 21st-century version of Tetris”.

The goal is to gain high scores by shaping proteins into their most stable shape. The proteins range from those found in diseases like cancer or HIV, to those of enzymes which may one day cure illness or help breakdown toxic waste. Finding a stable shape allows the protein to become more effective. Read More...

Voice Recognition Technology Revolutionizes Gaming

Tom Clancy's EndWarVoice activated games are relatively new in the media world, but featured in such popular titles as Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Rock Band, Fonix Speech's VoiceIn is a radically effective voice command and recognition technology which adds new depth to gaming.

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Fonix Speech has been specializing in speech recognition and text-to-speech technology since 1994. Its VoiceIn system has been a key element of several popular video game titles in recent years working with leading developers Electronic Arts and Ubisoft. Read More...