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Nathaniel Berger, operations coordinator for the College of Fine Arts’ Aesthetics Technologies Lab, developed Rhythmatics Kids as part of the Apps for Healthy Kids competition.

Graphic courtesy of: Nathaniel Berger

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The application encourages children to exercise and meantain a healthy lifestyle.

Graphic courtesy of: Nathaniel Berger

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Nathaniel Berger, operations coordinator for the College of Fine Arts’ Aesthetics Technologies Lab (@Lab), has a passion for mobile technologies. When not helping faculty and students use cutting-edge technologies in the @Lab, he spent his free time working to develop a mobile phone application that teaches children exercise can be fun.

Berger has submitted his work, Rhythmatics Kids, to the Apps for Healthy Kids competition, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.

“I've been designing Rhythmatics for one intent; to help with the problems stemming from a lack of general fitness and caused by a general lack of interest,” Berger said.

More than one-third of all adolescents are obese. In addition, more than one-third play at least an hour of video games each day and about one-third do not regularly engage in either social, or singular physical activities nor athletic events, Berger said.

Rhythmatics Kids is a game that aims is to make fitness fun. The game is designed so that when a child runs with the phone, it plays music and the better in sync the child’s run is to the music the higher their score.

“We're using music to drive the run,” Berger said. “We've heard some of our testers liken it to other games, but the one quote that pops out is, ‘It's like Guitar Hero for running.’”

A panel of industry experts will judge the applications for a chance at the grand prize of $10,000. The competition also includes a Popular Choice Award of $4,500. The Popular Choice Award will be determined by public vote on the website. Voting closes Aug. 14. Competition winners earn an invitation to a White House event in Washington, D.C. where they will meet the First Lady.

“I hope Rhythmatics will encourage others to take another try at fitness,” Berger said. “I personally would love to do well in First Lady Obama's Apps for Healthy Kids challenge so that I can help the cause can move forward. OK, and I would love to meet her as well.”

Rhythmatics Alpha placed in the top 200 of Google's 2nd Android Developers Challenge and 10th in its Lifestyle category.

To learn more about Rhythmatics Kids, visit www.appsforhealthykids.com*. To vote for Rhythmatics Kids visit www.appsforhealthykids.com/application-gallery/rhythmatics-kids.

 

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Apps for Healthy Kids* Aesthetic Technologies Lab (@Lab) College of Fine Arts

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