Using Flowchart Programming to Create Exergames

Using Flowchart Programming to Create Exergames

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Physical, mental, and social health benefits by the regular practice of physical activity. In the United States, obesity has reached epidemic levels; the excessive use of technology has contributed to the increasingly sedentary lifestyles of people. Exergaming activities demonstrate how technology could be used as an instrument to reduce the impact of this disease. One can purchase commercial, technology-based exergames such as Nintendo Wii Fit or Xbox Kinect games; however, the authors developed a custom exergame using Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline microcontroller and nano Navigator software flowchart. The beauty of the  flowcharting software is that people who have no or little programming experience can easily understand its structure. The software is downloadable for free and includes a simulator that allows the developer to determine the accuracy of the functionality of the exergame.

Alka Harriger and Mayari Serrano...presentation at the The 2014 IAJC/ISAM Joint International Conference, Orlando, Florida, September 2014.