GFH Module 5 – Casey – hsc230 – How do you cope with stress?

I am excited to show you guys the final product of The Game of Stress. I think that is it a really cool game that can help you determine what kind of stress relief you can use in certain situations. I played it a couple times with some friends but forgot to take a video so I am going to upload one of me just explaining. I am going to drop pictures of the game pieces and board so that you all can download them and print them off,  I will not supply the scissors though. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did

 

Click these links below for the PDF versions, you will be able to download and print them off!!

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GFH Module 4 – Casey – Why stress when you can play! – hsc230 – Draft 3

I have been working on a board game called “The Game of Stress”. This is a board game that gives you stressful situations if you land on different spots, but on other spots it gives you stress relief things you can do to cope in a healthy manner.

I am on my third draft for the game, making changes as I go. I had two of my friends play the game and see what they liked about it and what they didn’t. I also had them both do a SWOT analysis for me so I could see it in word what my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats where. This is going to help me a lot in the development of my game. Hope you guys keep reading, at the end of making my game I am going to post downloadable pieces so that everyone can try!!

Below I am going to post the SWOT analysis and also the pictures of what stage my game is in now:

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Hope you guys like where it is going and tune it for more to come!

Dance Battles?

Exergameing: the activity of playing video games that involve physical exertion and are thought of as a form of exercise

Just Dance 2018

Just Dance is a game that has been around for years. I personally remember hanging out with my friends and literally playing for hours, going through all the songs over and over again. 2018 is one of the newest games out for Just Dance(obviously) and it has really created a buzz. A lot of users were used to playing the game with the XBOX Kinect, but as of recently, they have been discontinued. Ubisoft, the creator if the game had to come up with something new, and so far its has been working. Although I did not get to actually play this game because I do not own a game system compatible, or the game itself but I did do a ton of research. I am going to break the game down for you below so be sure to check it out!

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Pros:

  • Colorful, attractive graphics
  • General songs that many people know
  • Lyrics and Dance moves are displayed in the corner
  • Kids mode, which makes it more simpler and there is also no winning or losing
  • Routines are well rounded, ranging from easy to challenging
  • Interface is easy to navigate
  • great way to get moving
  • Shows calories that were burned in each dance
  • Many platforms to play on
  • A lot of different modes to play on
  • Controller app on your smartphone

Cons:

  • There is a mode called Unlimited where when you buy the game you get a free 3 month subscription to songs from past games, the drawback being that you have to pay after the 3 months is up
  • Kinect is being discontinued, so there is no for sure way yet to know of the game is going to go back to having to use controllersScreen Shot 2018-12-03 at 8.08.52 PM.png

To me these graphics are great, they are fun and colorful. They are attractive to the eyes of adults and also younger children playing the game. Just Dance 2018 can be played on many systems such as, PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch, Wii. Wii U, X-Box One and X-Box 360

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The next game I am going to be reviewing for you all is called Dance Central 3

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Dance Central 3

This is a game I was not familiar with prior to my review, but after doing a ton of research I have learned a lot about it, it has similarities to Just Dance, obviously both being dance games,but it also has a lot of differences. Down below I am going to break down my personal Pros and Cons for you guys to give you a little idea about the game.

Pros:

  • Diverse Playlist, songs from every decade are available for you to dance to
  • Story Mode, where you are a CIA Agent trying to save the world by racking up power moves, this to me gives you a purpose.
  • Multiplayer where you can dance battle your friends
  • Choreograph your own routines
  • Rehearsal Mode if you are new and want to get a look and how things are going to go in the game
  • Easy to track calories

Cons:

  • No Live, which means you cannot play other people from around the world (to me this would be very weird to have someone watch my dance moves, but hey the people want it)
  • I personally was not attracted to the graphics, it looked a little dated to me, kind of reminded me of Grand Theft Auto Graphics
  • Only can use on Kinect, which means this game is only available for the X-Box 360

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MY OPINION:

Personally I am more of a fan of the Just Dance games, they are more appealing to me and I may be biased but I would much rather dance freely than, trying to save the world through dancing…like in Dance central.

Importance of Technology in the Health World

Fitness OnDemand

One of the articles/videos I watched was the Fitness on Demand. Fitness on demand are programs that are dedicated to specific workout through video. These workouts can be, zumba, spin class, yoga, or even a high intensity workout. Fitness os demand makes it possible for more class times, more class formats and more class participants. It can be programmed through kiosk in an empty studio space at a designated time that you can sign up for online. Some popular programs are: Jillian Michaels, Insanity, and Zumba.

Check out this video if you want a look at it: http://www.exergamelab.org/2017/03/competition-for-personal-trainers.html

THE USE OF INTERNET OF THINGS IN HEALTHCARE IN 2018

IoT which stands for Internet of Things is the new buzz. Almost everything we touch everyday has to do with some sort of technology. And IoT will become revolutionary in the next few years.

In the medical world, doctors, care facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics and assisted living care centers are even increasingly using advanced technologies to improve their operations. By using more technology that organizes data,it provides a higher utilization of resources, improved patient experience, increases stability, and also increased energy efficiency. This will also cut costs dramatically. I found this very interesting from my other research that relates that even more people are using technology in the medical field. I think that it is a really good idea for health care costs and health care in general. I would love to see where this goes in the future and even in the next year. Internet-of-things-in-healthcare.jpg                                      IoT-in-health-care.jpg

Microsoft unveils sensor-laden smart scarf prototype

A smart Scarf? Microsoft researchers have now demoed a smart scarf that on common can heat up and vibrate. It is composed of sensors that are connected to a main sensor, which is then connects to bluetooth, so all you have to do is touch a button on your smartphone. This can be useful for people with autism and have trouble managing their emotions, it could comfort them. Going forward they also want to incorporate cooler the user down in an indication that the user is stressed. This scarf is a very discreet way of hiding technology.

Right now, it is more of a concept than a creation Microsoft says, but who knows where it could lead to.

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Check out my video, where I talk a little but more about these topics below:

GFH Module 3 – Casey – Game of Life – HSC230 – Draft 2

The Game of Life:

Game Board:

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Pieces in the works:

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I kept the same idea from my first draft and added a few moe things that can happen in the game if you land on certain spaces. I shared my game with someone from outside of class to get a different perspective.

What they liked: It is informative, creative and fun to play. Minimal game pieces so things don’t get lost. It is easy to understand.

What could make it better: Maybe add 3 free spaces called the “Lottery” in which if a player lands on them, they will receive 10 points to either take off of their stress or give to another player. Also a few spots where they land and share a stressful situation in their life and they have to come up with a solution to get minus 3 points at the end.

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This week I did a photo project, we had to accomplish taking portraits of one another, landscape photos and also abstract pictures. I really enjoyed taking these pictures, I have also had an interest in photography from the first time I took a photo class in high school. It was fun to plan out the locations of our shoot and how we were going to make the photos.

I also took an online class to having to do with portrait headshot photos. It taught me that you have to find a place with good lighting that it will be evenly spread across the subjects face, so that there are no shadows. It also showed me how and when to use different camera point of views. Here are some snippets from the class that I wanted to share with you:

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Check out my photos here: https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll/

App Review: Adobe Lightroom:

Pros:

  • easily fix and improve photos
  • easily organize
  • adjust brightness, saturation, and light
  • HDR mode
  • Share on social media

Cons:

  • confusing if you don’t know photography terms
  • does not link with google drive (which I use most of the time)

I would give the app 5 stars, it is very easy to use and maneuver around. I think a lot of people don’t know about this app and it should definitely be more popular.

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After Lightroom:

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Collage of best work:

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Screen recording on how to use Lightroom:

 

Flipboard article:

15 EASY TIPS FOR BETTER SUNRISE PHOTOGRAPHY

I personally love sunset/sunrise pictures so I found this article very interesting and useful for my very frequent sunset/sunrise photos. Some tips I found interesting was bring extra light for your camera lens. Use HDR to have a better contrast, this gives you better control of the photo when you go an edit it later. Shoot where you can use silhouettes, so that it gives you a better effect with the bright colorful sky and the black shadowy objects below.