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Taiwanese Government Proactively Promotes e-Sports Culture through New Invention with Somatosensory Interactive Games: MIC
May 25, 2022

Benefiting from the advancement of medical technology, the average life expectancy of modern people has been extended. However, living longer does not mean living healthier. An aging population has led to an increase in the number of chronically ill patients while changes in the diet of modern people have also led to an increase in the proportion of obese people.

To allow more people around the world to get in touch with Taiwan's e-sports technology, Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) has aligned with the central government policy to foster the e-sports industry ecosystem, according to MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), one of leading IT research institutes in Taiwan and a division of Taiwan's III (Institute for Information Industry). Based on MIC's findings, how well a company develops video, music, game content to attract users and increase user stickiness is becoming increasingly important for a company to stand out in the e-sport industry.?

Starting in 2020, IDB has collaborated with the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, and the National Taiwan Sport University to organize the so-called ITSport Game to help domestic IT industry. With the joint efforts of the industry, government, academia, and research sectors, a total of 814 people participated in these competition events and more than 30,000 people experienced them.

In addition to promoting the e-sports ecosystem, the IDB is also committed to supporting the research and development of domestic e-sports industry players. For example, the IDB has subsidized a Taiwan-based company SmartMotion Technology, which invented the so-called SmartBoard. Selected as a sports event in the ITSport Game, the SmartBoard combines somatosensory interactive technology design with e-sports in mind for the user to use his/her lower limbs and abdominal core muscles when stepping on the board. It uses motion-sensing technology to analyze the user's muscle endurance, control, and balance. With these parameters, it can design more interesting somatosensory games to make this sports event more fun to play. These unique features also helped the SmartBoard win the silver medal in the prestigious Concours Lepine International Paris 2019.

Picture: People experienced interactive games of the SmartBoard

The precision fitness and rehabilitation system combines fitness or rehabilitation equipment with motion-sensing devices, Internet of Things, and cloud-based platforms and applications. It will automatically analyze whether the user's movements are correct, record the results of each training, and upload them to the cloud for fitness management. The platform will then present weekly, quarterly, and annual statistical charts to help the public, fitness coaches, and rehabilitators achieve the effectiveness of personal training. The new physiological detection system will integrates parameters collected from various medical equipment such as spirometry, electrocardiograph, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, and thermometer. Other than providing people with parameters, it helps automatically upload physiological data to the cloud database, build personal health records, and help people prevent diseases early by developing a detection model for data analysis.

In the meantime, the company has been striving to collaborate with agents and distributors in Japan, Europe, and China with an aim to extend its global reach through partnerships and regional networks.

Established in 1987, MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute) is a division of III (Institute for Information Industry), a major government think tank, and one of leading IT research institutes in Taiwan.

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