PIP biosensor makes you relax to win games

The PIP biosensor and app system on Kickstarter encourages you to relax in order to get ahead in gaming.

PIP biosensors
The PIP bionsensor works with both Android and iOS. Galvanic

I don't generally consider gaming to be a relaxing activity. If I'm taking out zombies in Resident Evil, I'm on the edge of my seat. But it doesn't have to be that way. The PIP biosensor on Kickstarter wants gaming to be the road to relaxation.

There are two parts to this system. The first is the bionsensor that you hold between your thumb and forefinger. It communicates via Bluetooth to your Android or iOS device. A suite of game apps is available that works with the bionsensor.

Relax & Race, for example, lets you control a flying dragon in a race situation. You can only get ahead by relaxing more than your opponent. The more relaxed you are, the faster your dragon flies. It's like "Game of Thrones," but without all the blood and tension.

The PIP works by measuring your galvanic skin response, a natural reaction to stress. It challenges you to control this stress response and lets you train yourself to chill out through interacting with the games. It actually sounds like a lot more fun than counting backwards from 10.

A PIP device and your choice of a game costs a $99 pledge. You can upgrade to all three games for $109. So far, the PIP has been developed as a prototype. Reaching the $100,000 goal would get the device into production.

This isn't going to make Sony or Microsoft worry, but it could make the art of relaxation a lot more high-tech and fun.

PIP measuring fingertip response
PIP games are only won by relaxing. Galvanic
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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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