Lennart Nacke receives CIHR funding for EXERGETIC: a gameful exercise project for physical and cognitive training

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Lennart Nacke, Stratford Professor and Director of the HCI Games Group, elderly person exercisingwas awarded $350,000 - to fund a research program aiming to develop innovative digital solutions that utilize exercise games (Exergames) to improve physical and cognitive functions - from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the Active and Assisted Living Program as a Canadian partner. ​​​​​EXERGETIC researchers will create exergame training experiences in an ecologically valid and safe setting for geriatric populations, called the ExerCube. Among them is Katja Rogers, a postdoc at the Stratford School with interdisciplinary expertise in VR, HCI, and interactive audio.

people exercising in exercubeAs part of EXERGETIC, Nacke will work with Sphery AG to build an ExerCube at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. The ExerCube is an immersive fitness game environment that combines innovative software and hardware design with state-of-the-art training concepts. When working out in the ExerCube, players are surrounded by three walls that serve as projection screens and haptic interfaces for energetic bodily interactions.

Read more about EXERGETIC.

This story originally appeared on the Games Institute News. It has been adapted for the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.