Tamagotchi-style wristband encourages active play for kids

Any parent will know how difficult it is to get kids to go out and exercise instead of playing on computer games all day. We’ve already seen gamified exercise in the form of the Loop audio and motion sensor-driven gaming platform, and now Leap Band is a digital pet that responds to children’s activity, tracks their performance and teaches them about healthy eating. READ MORE…

In place of text CVs, platform lets freelancers blog their work history

The recruitment industry has already seen its fair share of innovations aiming to better connect employers with skilled workers, from gamified hiring and automatic scoring of coders’ skills. From Germany, Somewhere is a visual blogging platform that enables freelancers and small teams to show potential employers and clients a more engaging story of their work. READ MORE…

Blue Goji turns exercise into a gaming session

Running on a treadmill can often feel like a thankless chore if there’s no other stimulus to keep you going, which is why exercise has become one of the most gamified activities. From the makers of Guitar Hero,Blue Gojiuses wireless controllers and fitness trackers to immerse indoor runners into a world of gaming as they exercise. READ MORE…

Gamified discounts site turns bargain hunting into a frantic competition

Consumers know that when it comes to eBay auctions, their bids can be fairly sensible until it comes to a battle in the last five minutes to win the item, when all rational thinking goes out of the window. Capturing the atmosphere of that moment, Drop ‘Til You Shop is a store where the price of each item falls every second until buyers freeze it at the price they want to pay — but in order to win they have to do it before the limited stock runs out. READ MORE…

Candy Crush-style game players help scientists fight tree disease

Crowdsourcing science research isn’t a new thing — we’ve already seen Cancer Research UK enable anyone to help out by identifying cells through its ClicktoCure site. Now the Sainsbury Laboratory has turned genome research into a game called Fraxinus, which could help find a cure for the Chalara ash dieback disease. READ MORE…

App offers rewards to patients for taking their medicine on time

We’ve already seen internet-connected pill bottle caps that help patients to take their medication at the right time. Now Mango Health is a smartphone app that aims to do the same, as well as offer prizes for those who keep to their schedule. READ MORE…

Through game, players aid gene research

Cancer Research UK’s ClicktoCure platform has already enabled anyone to help out researchers by analyzing their data. Putting a gamification twist on this concept, GeneGame challenges users to form the best combinations of genes – aiding research in the area in the process. READ MORE…

Through scheme, low-income families exchange compostable rubbish for fresh food

Mexico City’s Mercado du Trueque has already seen residents swap their rubbish for food, and now a similar scheme is launching in New York. Hello Compost wants to encourage composting by offering low-income families credits for fresh produce in return for their organic waste, using gamification as an incentive. READ MORE…

Handheld sensor detects stress and teaches users to control it

Gamification is known to be effective in encouraging positive habits when it comes to health, as devices such as the T-Haler have demonstrated. Having recently reached its funding target on Kickstarter, the PIP is a device that senses stress when held in the hand and can be used to control video game characters that teach users how to manage their anxiety. READ MORE…

Farmville-like game raises money for Hurricane Sandy victims

It may well have been several months since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the US last year, but restoring the destruction it caused is still ongoing. Repair The Rockaways is a new platform that gamifies the donation process to charities rebuilding communities in the affected area. READ MORE…

Platform gamifies IT recruitment in the Philippines

Gild Source is one platform that helps recruiters find professional coders by automatically grading their script, and now Philippines-based Codetoki is helping companies find the right IT specialists by getting them to complete challenges based on the role. READ MORE…

Gamified learning guitar features iPhone dock and touch-enabled LED frets

Learning a new instrument isn’t an easy task, especially if you’re an adult. While Playground Sessions has brought real-time analysis and gamified teaching to piano practice via a desktop platform, the gTar is a modified digital guitar that physically integrates the iPhone to make learning an easier and less time-consuming task. READ MORE…

In Latvia, app rewards frequent fliers for burned calories

We’ve already seen Nike Mexico’s Subasta de Kilometros offer runners the chance to use their tracked miles to bid on sports equipment. Now, the Burn The Miles app is using a similar idea by offering rewards to frequent fliers who jog enough to burn off the same number of calories as miles they’ve flown. READ MORE…

Smart basketball and app analyze performance and challenge players

The Audi e-Bike Wöthersee has already proved that bikes can be reconfigured to include smart technology that analyzes rider performance, but bringing this gamified approach to simpler sports may well be more difficult. Undeterred, one company has created the 94Fifty, a smart basketball with built-in sensors that monitor player performance as well as challenge users to complete tasks. READ MORE…

By playing games, site’s users raise money for charity

Taking time out to donate to charity isn’t often very high on people’s list of daily online activities. Initiatives such as CentUp have tried to make it easier by integrating giving into social sharing, and now GoodGames hopes to encourage online gamers to raise money for charity while they play. READ MORE…