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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Intelligent Systems, volume 8, numbers 3 and 4, 2015 // View article intsys_v8_n34_2015_17


Improving Energy Awareness Integrating Persuasive Game, Feedback, and Social Interaction into the Novel Ener-SCAPE Application

Authors:
Diego Arnone
Alessandro Rossi
Marzia Mammina
Enrico Gabriele Melodia
Sandra Elizabeth Jenkins

Keywords: energy awareness; serious game; educational game; escape room game; energy efficiency; feedback mechanism; social network interaction.

Abstract:
Ener-SCAPE is a novel work in progress software framework made up of a persuasive game, a graphical interface to monitor energy usage and a tool for social interaction, which aims to improve the energy consumption awareness of its users at home as well as in the workplace. The game uses a common “escape room” game approach, tailoring the game archetype to focus on energy efficiency and energy consumption awareness. The monitoring interface allows the users to monitor some predefined energy efficiency indexes. The tool for social integration helps users to build social awareness. Users play the game by trying to exit from a virtual home or office by solving energy puzzles, working to improve their energy savings in their real environment, and sharing their acquired knowledge and experiences. Ener-SCAPE implements a unique feedback mechanism based on real energy consumption that leads consumers to apply what they have learned from the virtual reality of the game into their daily real lives. An important aspect of this work is that it merges different elements, which emerged as successful in achieving improved energy awareness, i.e., feedback mechanisms, serious games and social interaction.

Pages: 437 to 447

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2015. Used with permission.

Publication date: December 30, 2015

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2679

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