This is a design research project. To encourage asthmatic children to do more physical activities, we designed and developed an interactive playground game to create an immersive and fun playing experience.
Deliverables: Project report
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children worldwide, and its prevalence, morbidity, mortality and economic burden have been rising in most countries for the past 4 decades. In the Netherlands there are over 70,000 children suffering from Asthma. Asthmatic children often do not engage in enough physical activities.
Based on the interview with asthma doctors and two adults who have asthma when they are young kids. Five main reasons are concluded to result in activity reduction of asthmatic patients , including:
An interactive tagging game ’Air Play‘ was designed to fully engage asthmatic children and encourage their physical activities.
Game concept: Players will be divided into 2 teams, the blue team and the red team. To win the game, a player should chase players from the other team in attempt to ‘catch’ them. A blue player can catch a red player by drawing a closed circle around him. The red player can catch the blue player by tapping on the blue player after collecting enough coins.
The idea of Air Play was firstly tested in a low-fi way (e.g. paper tails to draw circle)to experiment the game flow. When paper testing was passed, we implemented the game on real interactive playground.
The game was implemented with Unity based on a small interactive playground at the University of Twente. We use Unity developed game scene, interaction flow and game interface.
Children between 7-9 were invited to try out Air Play. A follow-up interview was conducted to better understand their game experience.
In our two rounds evaluation, we used Fitbit to record the amont of physcial activities children did in the game. We observe their sweat condition, their collaboration and their movement.
In general, the AIR PLAY game is fun and engaging for children. Based on our observation, it’s helpful for stimulating physical activity during the game.