iMinds funds a lot of innovative projects, but one of them has especially caught our attention. The University of Ghent is currently working on a proof-of-concept for wE-MOVE, an innovative solution for exergaming (the use of gaming for physical exercise) focused on helping children who are in rehabilitation and follow strict fitness programs.
By introducing game elements to their repetitive exercise routines, the exercises become less tedious. This makes it easier for children to persevere and keep working on their recovery. Exergaming also offers the advantage of remote monitoring and coaching in an e-environment. Coaches and therapists can select the games with the desired level of difficulty and remotely monitor the children’s progress.
The wE-MOVE software package will consist of a gross motor and fine motor skills exergame, supported by high-tech motion tracking. Both games will run on a to be determined gaming system. With the funding of iMinds and IWT The University of Ghent is trying to resolve some major innovation challenges like finding affordable tracking systems, devising appropriate and fun games and tailoring them to the individual needs of each child.