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Octalysis

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.

Learn more here: Octalysis

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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.

Learn more here:  Foldit

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.

Check out the info graphic here: INFOGRAPHIC

Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace allow you to find and connect with just about anyone, from a coworker in a neighboring cube to the girl who played Emily in your high school production of “Our Town” thirty years ago. Browsing these sites can make you feel connected to a larger community, but such easy, casual connection in an electronic environment can also have its downside.

Read the article here: The Negative Effect of Social Media on Society and Individuals

Gameful is an online “Secret HQ” where you can connect with other people who believe in the power of games to make us better and change the world. It is a free resource — a place for you to: Set up a profile sharing your expertise, skills, abilities, and interests Search the network for collaborators and talent Spread the word about your new projects Meet journalists who want to write about interesting games or research like yours Find new and cutting-edge game projects to inspire you Join a Gameful book club and discuss big ideas Join a Gameful game club and play big ideas! Brainstorm and submit conference panels or sessions together Plan Gameful meet-ups at conferences and festivals Nominate your own work, or work you love, for the annual Gameful Awards (in the categories of Reality-Changing, Life-Changing, and World-Changing)   Join the community here: Gameful

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.

Learn more here: Tobii EyeX