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BitGym aims to bring motion-sensing and exercise games to mobile devices

BitGym, a San Francisco startup company, aims to bring motion-sensing and exercise games to mobile devices, by releasing a software development kit that will allow developers to create third-party, motion-controlled games for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. According to this article, featured online on GamesBeat, the BitGym co-founder, Alex Gourley, feels the future of motion games is on mobile devices and he predicts this year iOS and Android devices will outsell Wii and Kinect sensors by 40 to 1.  The appeal of mobile devices is that they can be used anywhere, but can also plug into your TV. The BitGym SDK works with Java, Objective-C, C++, and C. The kit ships with a Unity3D plug-in, which will allow developers to quickly build their motion games and then distribute them on mobile platforms. Games based on BitGym’s platform are expected to launch early next year.

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