Gamification is the craft of deriving all the fun and addicting elements found in games and applying them to real-world or productive activities. This is what I call “Human-Focused Design” as opposed to the “Function-Focused Design.” It’s a design process that optimizes for the human in the system, as opposed to pure efficiency of the system.
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Foldit is an online puzzle video game about protein folding. The game is part of an experimental research project, and is developed by the University of Washington’s Center for Game Science in collaboration with the UW Department of Biochemistry. The objective of the game is to fold the structure of selected proteins as well as possible, using various tools provided within the game. The highest scoring solutions are analysed by researchers, who determine whether or not there is a native structural configuration (or native state) that can be applied to the relevant proteins, in the “real world”. Scientists can then use such solutions to solve “real-world” problems, by targeting and eradicating diseases, and creating biological innovations.
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Social media is massively popular; most people who go online these days do so to go to social sites. However there are a lot of people who are starting to realize that social media is not as the great thing that it seems. There are some very real issues that are causing people to stop using social media sites.
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Did you know that recent studies have shown that 50 percent of people hear about breaking news on social media?
What if I told you that two-thirds of law enforcement agencies believe that social media helps them solve crimes more quickly, that 80 percent of U.S. college and university faculties now use social media and that 1 in 6 job-seekers credit social media with helping them find a job?
Social media has revolutionised many industries, and it’s leading to big business: as much as $1.3 trillion is expected to be added to the U.S. economy through the added productivity and improved customer service that social media provides.
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Tobii’s leading eye tracking hardware is complemented by a unique engine that takes care of the user interface. Tobii EyeX Engine provides a completely new way of interacting, while still making use of existing controls. The core interactions – click, scroll and zoom – tap into deeply rooted behavior, making the experience easy and natural despite the radical departure from tradition. Develop applications that offer effortless efficiency or far more immersive gaming experiences using the Tobii EyeX Engine and SDK.
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