For this Project, I studied the issue of health and well being. I employed various research methods which included a literature review, survey and two co-design workshops. This research led me to the conclusion that, being connected to the outdoors and engaging in regular physical activity can positively impact both physical and mental well-being. Through my research I discovered gamification as a method to motivate people to engage in outdoor physical activity. My solution to my research problem was to design an app. The goal of the Pine app is to motivate users to get out in nature and explore trails by either biking, hiking or running them. An important feature of the app is being able to connect and interact with others. Users can view the leaderboard and compete for top points, or compete for the fastest time on a trail. The app also gives you the ability to add friends. You can complete achievements and daily challenges with your friends or challenge them to your own custom challenge.
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