Every once in a while I sit down and want to do something or have a hankering to try something different on the computer, in terms education and entertainment. The more you can get out of a program in terms of what you take with you when you are away from it, the better it is. To better illustrate what I'm, talking about, here is what I am talking about.
Some programs that I'd like to see in the near future if not already:
- Physical Training Programs For Kinect
There are some great programs available for Microsoft Kinect that address physical activity in many different venues from the ever popular dancing software titles (of which Kinect Star Wars Dance Off is perhaps the funniest and my favourite). Software that measures dance form and technique is what I am talking about.
There are other dance titles as well. Nike has a physical training program that evaluates your form as you exercise and grades you, making it a great stand alone trainer or a stand in for your real world trainer but never as a complete replacement for a human trainer. Such technology can augment a real world training program by allowing you to receive expert advice and analysis of your form while practicing in your living space. Physical trainers of the future will likely utilize such technology quite often as outlined in this One that I would really like to see is a trainer for elements of practice in Martial Arts exercise programs that focus on fitness, form and technique with grading for evaluation of katas (you might need a bit of room for some katas). One such contender is a program called Virtual Sensei, which uses time and motion analysis to rate an athletic performance of the performance of a student's moves in terms of martial arts. The developer has a great resource for the subject so if you are into it, check it out!
- Fashion Business Game
How about a video game that simulates the Fashion Industry and running a fashion business with elements of design and business smarts incorporated into the game?
There is one such game called Fashion Tycoon which looks promising and maybe they need the attention of a publishing house to push it into the some of the appropriate distribution networks. It appears to incorporate all of the business aspects to building and running a multi-million dollar fashion business with every aspect including clothing, cosmetics and fragrances. As I haven't tried this software it would be interesting to see if it actually incorporates design elements into the software as well as that aspect of such a piece of software as there is already a huge community of fashion related modding for just about every game imaginable. Vanity is a great form of communicating and conveying information about yourself, your interests and your current mood to others in and out of social circle, your partner or a potential partner. Virtual vanity has incredible potential in future markets, where our identities online will have as much impact as our physical ones, if not more. That is why they are both so important to protect.