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Development of Gamified App for Integration with Smart Chest Guard Sensors
Founded in 2016, 20/20 Armor is a returning partner of George Brown College (GBC) who makes an electronic chest guard that gamifies martial arts, using embedded sensors to interpret strikes and record points on a ‘life bar’, making it more engaging through its multiple built-in game modes. This helps teach the fundamentals of sparring such as timing, power, and speed for all levels for fighters. It is used to make training fun and helps club owners significantly increase their bottom line by attracting and retaining students over time. The founders of 20/20 Armor are martial arts club owners and National Team members, with decades of experience. 20/20 Armor aims to be the standard training system for all striking martial arts and the official scoring system for the Olympics, with the ultimate vision of making martial arts a spectator friendly professional sport.
With a commercialized chest guard, 20/20 Armor is now seeking to improve the supporting technology and visualization of its data through the creation of a mobile app. The proposed research seeks to assist 20/20 Armor in developing a gamified app prototype to receive data from sensors embedded in the chest guard and visualize it on the personal devices of the live audience as a form of augmented reality (AR). The development of the supporting app will improve the spectator experience by visualizing the fight status in a digital ‘life bar’ that decreases with each strike, similar to the display found in video games like Street Fighter.
The GBC research team will be led by Jean-Paul Amore, Professor at the School of Design and will be supported by a team of 4 Student Researchers, including 2 programming students and 2 concept art students, all from the GBC Game Development program.
- 20/20 Armor
- Jean Paul Amore
- Design for the Smart Economy