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Date:5/8/2008

ctivity and fun. Another presentation will focus on

"Zyked" - a set of online and mobile services designed to be

for working out what Xbox Live! is for videogames. Zyked's creator

Tom Soderlund will present the basics behind Zyked and report on how the

first batch of user tests are going. Soderlund will also present how

Zyked intends to work with a multitude of portable devices including

digital music players, digital athletic gear and mobile phone platforms.

Dr. Alasdair Thin of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, will

outline in "Go for the Burn: Designing Body-Movement Controlled

Video Games to Maximise Energy Expenditure" his thoughts about how

to future exergame design should work to ensure maximum health benefits.

-- Major health care providers arrive on the scene. For the first time

ever, a major U.S. health care insurance company, Humana, is a primary

sponsor of the Games for Health conference. The sponsorship reflects

the medical community's increasing interest in the potential of

games. Representatives from several of the largest health insurance plan

providers in the United States will convene in a plenary session at the

conference to detail the game-related efforts they've launched to

date and their view about what is needed for the future to use games and

games technology to solve critical problems in health they and others

are facing ... Another new development: the K.I.C.K. (Kid's

Interactive Creation Kiosk) is a touch screen system and software

activity package developed with young children in mind. Initial design

of the system was focused on hospital waiting rooms and other similar

healthcare settings. Developed by a team of graduate students at

Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Techno
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