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Introduction to DDR
Foot – eye coordination
Hit arrows when they
match up on screen
We use IR sensors
One song, 4 difficulty
Dance Dance Revolution has a history of helping
students lose weight.
Games are on the rise and this is one way that we
as physical educators can get the students moving .
Let’s get the students in shape and have fun doing
Dance Dance revolution?
Dance Dance Revolution provides very good
exercise, and even has an exercise program within
the game that tells you how many calories you
burn per song, and how long you work out.
IR Sensor Info
determines location of user’s feet
controls game flow
handles song representation as arrows and
produces display viewed by user
-3x3 grid of sensors allows
location of foot to be
-Sharp GP2Y0D02YK IR
Sensor - 31" Trigger
-Produces digital output
indicating if beam is
IR1 IR2 IR3
Two main functions:
– Game mode
– Sends a 2-bit signal to
– Calculates score based
on how close arrows are
when position is reached
– Accuracy level displayed
during game, overall
score given at end.
IR1 IR2 IR3
– Song stored in ZBT memory
– Played through speakers using AC’97 codec
Representation of song as arrows
– Row of arrows represented as a 4-bit number
– Each row corresponds to a beat of the song
– [left arrow, up arrow, down arrow, right arrow]
– If arrow represented by a 1, then it will appear in
DDR is basically a dancing game. You select a song, and
then arrows pop up on the screen while the song plays.
The object of the game is to step on the arrows on your
dance pad (which corresponds to the game), as they
move down/up the screen. There are not really any rules
for this game-just try your best to step on the arrows,
and you’ll get better in time.
Many schools use DDR as a physical education activity in
gym,and in Norway.
Caltech allows its students to use DDR to fulfill part of its
physical education requirement, as students may design
their own fitness program.
University of kansas (KU) has a class for Dance Dance
Revolution open for students to take as a 1 credit hour
Maintains and/or increases mobility
Enhances body-mind connectivity
Focuses on non-verbal communication as
method of therapy
Alternative method of therapy if traditional
talk therapy has not been effective
ADVANTAGES OF DDR