BISG in one of the 15 finalist teams at the Vuosisadan Rakentajat (Builders of the Century) challenge

Research Unit BISG participates in the Life’s Biogame team, which was selected among finalists of the Builders of the Century Challenge (Vuosisadan Rakentajat). Behind the competition, there are 40 Finnish foundations and trusts jointly celebrating Finland’s centenary of independence.

Life's Biogame exploits cutting-edge science

Imagine a game in which you fill the gameboard with your life. You are playing when you exercise, eat good food or fall in love. The game tells how the movie you watch affects you, or whether it affects your friend in the same way. It seems science fiction, but the Life's Biogame team could make it reality.

In the BioINet game created by the team, you play with your entire body. The game is based on the exosomes released by human's cells and carrying information on bodily functions such as emotional state or physical stress. This information gets stored into the biogame bracelet, on a so-called chessboard. When the user exercises, gets excited or stressed, the biochessboard squares get filled. Own results can be shared and compared on the social media.

The idea is based on cutting-edge research results. Professor Seppo Vainio's group has found that exosomes move from cells up to the skin's surface. Hence, when exosomes are read, the reactions in the body are revealed.

The Pokémon-Go explosion showed that mobile games can improve people's physical activity and socialising. BioINet aims at bringing game playing to a totally new level.

"This game is made of the entire life. By playing, users learn a lot about themselves and about how they react to a range of events and situations," says professor Vainio, one of the game developers.

The goal of the team is to improve by their BioINet game young people's physical and mental well-being. Comparing own experience with others' also improves social contacts and teaches to better understand other people.

"At the foundations of the game there is the respect for the life. It encourages people to learn and investigate new things. It shows that we live in an exciting world, in which there is plenty to discover for all of us."

Team:

  • Seppo Vainio, Professor, Biocenter Oulu, InfoTech Oulu, University of Oulu
  • Mauri Aalto, Rector Tuomas Aho, Attorney
  • Erich Berger, The Finnish Society of Bioart
  • Kati Heikkilä-Huhta, Teacher, Steiner School
  • Petri Kuoppamäki, Professor, Aalto University
  • Mika Pantzar, Professor, research director, Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki
  • Justus Reunanen, Academy of Finland Researcher, Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu
  • Juha Röning, Professor, InfoTech Oulu, University of Oulu
  • Prateek Singh, PhD Candidate, Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu
  • Maria Smolander, VTT

Last updated: 29.9.2017