Biofeedback Video Game Forces Players To Remain Calm To Win [Video]
PIP biosensor measures the body’s reaction to stress, and helps people relax.
If you’re competitive, playing video games may not seem like a stress-reliever, but rather a contributor to stress. But Galvanic want to use gaming as a platform for relaxation, by using a biosensor and games where the only way to win is to de-stress.
The PIP is a small biosensor that you hold between your thumb and forefinger. When you are stressed your sweat glands activate and this changes the conductivity in your skin, this is called the galvanic skin response. The PIP measures your galvanic skin response, to determine how stressed you are. The bluetooth-enabled device links wirelessly to an Android or iOS device and uses games to help reduce stress. For instance, one game, Relax & Race, sees two dragons racing through the air. Counterintuitively, your dragon will only go faster if you remain relaxed. Another, The Loom, uses your stress levels to change a scene – as you calm down a wintery landscape transforms to a spring day to reflect your mood shift.