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Sport through Technology

A quick search on the Internet shows that the use of game consoles in physical education classes is becoming popular in various countries. Many times it is reported that the Wii game console and others like Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move are used to bring inactive students into ‘virtual PE’. In a programme which will be held at St Ignatius boys secondary, Wii Sport will be used to introduce various sports to students. Other games may be also be used in class such as Wii Dance or Wii Fit. A Wii console is already available in each Maltese college. The following are articles showing how sports may be practiced through game consoles;

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Welcome to the Jungle

After a twenty year absence from the videogame console market, Panasonic have unveiled their upcoming device -  ‘Jungle’ which features a rugged look and houses a single largish screen, a full QWERTY keyboard as well as two control knobs. Information is very sparse at the moment, but it seems that device is targeted at the MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) crowd, which is quite big in the Asian region. Price is rumoured to be around the USD400 (€290) mark, which is not exactly cheap.

With competition such as the Nintendo DS family and PSP, it is really a jungle out there.

With competition such as the Nintendo DS family and PSP, it is really a jungle out there.

At the moment it is unknown if the Jungle will feature an open source operating system, making the creating of software and applications by the end user possible. More news as we have it, meanwhile you can view the teaser site about this device Panasonic have put up here.

New addition to the Nintendo DS family to be released soon

Nintendo have announced that the ‘3DS’ will be released to retail in Japan on February 26th, 2011 for the price of ¥25,000 (€218). This new revision of the incredibly popular gadget is the first handheld console to support 3D visuals (like in movies), with an added difference that one does not need 3D glasses for the effect to be experienced.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

It will be interesting to see how well the 3D effect works – it is understandable that Nintendo are pushing the console by telling people to try it out at expos and conferences rather than through videos and images distributed over the internet, after all, it is only possible to view the effect in person using a real Nintendo 3DS.

One wonders how developers will use 3D to provide new experiences which gives a new dimension (no pun intended) to entertainment on the go and how we as educators can use it to make learning more exciting.

Nintendo DSi – a review

The Nintendo DS (dual screen) range of handheld videogame consoles has been selling like hot cakes since released in 2004. The system features two screens placed vertically on top of each other with the bottom one being responsive to touch via an included stylus or finger. Similar to the Wii, Nintendo has widened its target audience when compared with their previous gaming devices. Games are now being designed with the ‘casual user’ in mind, the library of software available covers both traditional type of videogames as well as a diverse choice of programs covering a myriad of topics, from cooking to brain training, from virtual books to puzzles, from sudoku to edutainment.

Nintendo DSi

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