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Vi Fit is designed for use by individuals who are visual impaired. It is geared for children with visual impairments that tend to exhibit lower performance in motor skills, lower levels of physical activity and fitness, and higher levels of obesity. Exergames are video games that use physical activity as input and which have the potential to change sedentary lifestyles and associated health problems such as obesity. The VI Fit research project seeks to explore how exergames can be developed that can be played without visual feedback, with the goal to increase the participation of users with visual impairments in physical activity and to improve their health. All VI Fit games can be downloaded for free and played using low cost motion sensing controller (called the Wii Remote) capable of providing vibrotactile and audio cues. Activities include the following: Pet-n-Punch, VI Bowling, VI Tennis
Requirements and Downloads:
To play VI Tennis and VI Bowling all you need is a Wii remote ($30) and a windows PC with bluetooth support or alternatively a USB bluetooth dongle ($15) can be used. When you run the executable an installation wizard will install the game and place a link on your desktop. Prior to playing the game you will need to connect the Wii Remote, see the README for installation instructions. If you have problems setting up the game or you have feedback, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. VI Tennis and VI Bowling executables and source code are distributed under the Gnu General Public License. Anyone interested in contributing to our project please visit the VI Fit developer pages. VI Fit is a collaborative research project between Dr.Eelke Folmer, University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Tony Morelli Central Michigan University, Dr. John Foley of SUNY Cortland and Dr. Lauren Lieberman of SUNY Brockport. We are not affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo.
**Acknowledgements: This research supported by NSF Grant IIS-1118074
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.**
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