New mobile games uses wireless biosensor to measure users' stress levels as they play.
(PRWEB) May 18, 2005 -- Vyro Games, a developer of innovative entertainment
products for mobile devices, has announced “Relax To Win”, a new kind of gaming
experience, where victory can only be achieved by out-relaxing your opponent.
Set in outer space, the game takes the form of a race between two dragons. Using technology similar to a lie detector, a Bluetooth-enabled sensor worn on the fingers measures your level of stress and transmits it to the phone, where it is used to determine the speed of your dragon in the race. The more you relax, the faster your dragon goes. In a race against stress, the winner is the player who manages to relax the most during the course of the game.
“Competitive games normally predispose the player to a state of increased tension, but in Relax To Win, you must discover how to override this tendency, and learn not only to relax, but to relax in a stressful environment”, said Daragh McDonnell, Managing Director of Vyro Games.
In today’s increasingly hectic world, learning to take control of one’s stress is a valuable skill. Relax To Win helps players to hone this skill in the virtual world, so that they can apply it in every day situations. The game taps into people’s increasing awareness of the affect stress has on their lives, and offers a fun and constructive way of learning how to manage it.
The team behind the mobile version of Relax To Win are all former researchers at MediaLab Europe (the now defunct offshoot of the MIT MediaLab). The original motivation for the game was as a clinical aid for children suffering from a variety of anxiety disorders. However, reaction to the prototype was so positive that it soon became evident that a much wider audience existed for the game.
“Mobile devices represent the ideal platform for Relax To Win”, said Darran Hughes, Technical Director with Vyro Games. “With Relax To Win on your phone, you can relax when and where you need to, be it in on a crowded train, or in a lengthy queue“.
About Vyro Games
Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, encompassing innovative interface design, signal processing algorithm development, and compelling content, Vyro Games’ mission is to deliver unique entertainment products to the mobile market.
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