By Jim Walsh, CIP Bloomington Head Student Advisor
A half-hour of cardio often feels like a chore rather than an exciting accomplishment. Because of this, a company called BitGym develops video game software for the iPhone and iPad to use at the gym on cardio machines.
The BitGym games use the front facing camera on Apple devices to follow head movements and control the game. Vibrations from the cardio machine also dynamically control elements within the game. CIP Bloomington students have been given free pre-release versions of the game to beta test and send the developers feedback. The game our students tested, “Fit Freeway”, is a racing game where their head movements control the race-car’s turning.
CIP Bloomington students live in an apartment complex that has a Cardinal Fitness gym on the first floor, and all apartment residents get a membership to the gym. Even with the convienent location, encouraging and supporting students in achieving and maintaining wellness is always a challenge.
We are excited to coordinate with a company developing engaging video game software that not only promotes an active, healthy lifestyle, but also makes working out fun.