Why do we design breathing controlled apps and games?
With the latest advancement of computers and handheld devices humans' main way of interaction with the outside world has been reduced to actions of tapping, swiping, typing, and clicking on keyboards, mice and touch sensitive screens. Consequently there is a rise in repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, hand numbness and similar musculoskeletal disorders. We would like to change the paradigm of human computer interaction to become based on breathing to improve health and enrich user experience in information processing and gaming/entertainment.
Yes, we embraced open source methodology in all our breathing games and apps. It allows us to keep development cycle transparent which reduces bugs and improves performance. Additionally it allows us to collaborate with numerous universities and other R&D organisations. Breathing games and apps are being developed under the MIT licence. Learn more here.
Breathing development is encouraged to be published on our newly created GitHub account (click). If developer publishes code elsewhere, we want to be at least informed of such publishing.
Any microphone is supported?
Any microphone, or microphone headset, can be used for breathing interaction. Breathing detection is universal and should work on most possible acoustic signals.
What about native languages?
Sure, native languages may be the best choice when building applications upon various API-s, such as youtube java api, various google API-s, etc.
When in doubt, breathe out: How to master stress through controlled breathing. www.smartcompany.com.au/people…
"Keep using the pursed-lip breathing until the breathless feeling goes away. Rest In between breaths if you feel Dizzy. Give sips of room temperature water."
American Lung Association
“Pursed-lip breathing attempts to prolong active expiration through half-opened lips, thus helping to prevent airway collapse. Compared with spontaneous breathing, pursed-lip breathing reduces respiratory rate, dyspnea, and PaCO2, while improving tidal volume and oxygen saturation in resting conditions."
American Thoracic Society
"Pursed lip breathing is one of the simplest ways to control shortness of breath. It provides a quick and easy way to slow your pace of breathing, making each breath more effective."
“Inhaling through the nose and exhaling through pursed lips makes breathing easier. Pursed-lip breathing can also help you regain control if you’re having trouble catching your breath. You can practice breathing this way anytime, anywhere. If you’re watching TV, practice during the commercials. Try to practice several times a day. Over time, pursed-lip breathing will feel natural.”
University of Minnesota Medical Center
“Pursed lip breathing helps you use less energy to breathe. It can help you relax. When you are short of breath, it helps you slow the pace of your breathing and can help you feel less short of breath."
University of Iowa Children's Hospital