Professor scores patent for game blending fantasy sports and exercise

Professor scores patent for game blending fantasy sports and exercise


This is a project that we call Active
Fantasy Sports, and it is a game designed to help people exercise and be more
physically active. And it’s built on the infrastructure of an existing sedentary
game that is very popular called online fantasy sports. So what are Active
Fantasy Sports? Active Fantasy Sports are taking this popular game and instead of
having people just focus on data that’s generated by professionals, allowing them
to be monitoring their own physical activity data and have those data of the
people who are playing in the fantasy sports league influence some of the
privileges and outcomes in league itself. We accomplished this by giving people
technology that helps them track their physical activity. There’s sort of two
goals for pursuing this patent and then as a next stage working potentially with
industry partners in order to make this Active Fantasy Sports game available to
more people. One of those goals is where the motivation behind it is to maximize
the number of people who have an opportunity to benefit in terms of their
health to be more physically active. Being able to reach as many people as
possible make it available to people is really important. A second important part
of this is that the nature of doing research in behavioral medicine is such
that a lot of the emerging research methods that are the most interesting to
me require access to large data sets or big data. And so the kinds of research
studies that we can do could potentially be predicated on
partnering with industry in order to have instead of a few hundred
participants each year or each month, having tens of thousands of participants
coming in, opens the door for doing really exciting kinds of
research.

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