Author(s): Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller
The merging of sports and computer technology has been mainly focused on
supporting performance enhancement of professional athletes or, on the other end
of the spectrum, simulating professional sports competitions for entertainment
purposes in computer games.
Less work has been undertaken on using computers
to enhance social sports experiences.
Long-Distance Sports is a novel approach
using telecommunication technology in particular to enable geographically distant
participants to enjoy a social sports experience together.
Sports presented here focus on physical exertion comparable to collocated sports,
a shared experience although being geographically apart and social interaction
between the players during casual sports play.
Two systems are presented that
have been tested by hundreds of players.
Breakout for Two is a soccer-like game
that uses distributed targets on a life-size videoconference to enable a sports
experience between two players who each kick a real physical ball.
Over a Distance creates an increased sense of a shared space across the distance
by having puck cannons shooting out real pucks on the remote end to enable a
game of airhockey between geographically distant players.
The results from these
implementations indicate that Long-Distance Sports can be a valuable contribution
to society by supporting interactions between players who are spending time
apart in which they can achieve both a work-out and socializing.
exertion interface, airhockey, physical, tangible, videoconferencing,
active, exhausting, sweat, team spirit, social interaction, computer-supported
Sport has many advantages; in particular health and social well-being have been
attributed as major benefi ts.
From a physical health perspective, sports can contribute
to a healthier body, reducing the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease,
diabetes and other diseases [1, 2].
From a social and mental health viewpoint,
sport is believed to teach social skills , encourage team-building and support
individual growth and community development .
Some argue that sport can
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/978-1-84564-064-4/03
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