High-Tech Games to Reduce Stress
When it comes to relieving stress, some people like meditation. Other people prefer diversions like games.
Now there's some new technology that's combining the two.
I'm here at the Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium in New York State to play some really cool games that not only help you relieve stress, they may also help you find your inner peace.
See how that ball is moving across the board there. It looks like magic. But there's no slight of hand at work here. It's actually all brainpower. Sorry adrenaline junkies, the key to winning this game called Mindball is relaxation.
Here's how it works: these electrodes in the headband can actually measure the electrical activity in your brain--see, it's measuring it right there on the computer. As we "play" the game, we will control the ball with our minds. The ball will roll away from the calmest person, and the goal is to get that ball in the other person's circle
All right, I press this button to get the ball to the middle, and we'll get this game started as soon as it gets there.
Mindball can be found in museums around the country.
There are also stress-relieving games that you can play at home on your computer. This program measures my pulse using a sensor that's clipped to my ear and plugged into my computer.
The idea is to relax so that my pulse slows enough to bring about changes in the scene.
Let's start in the garden. See the picture starts out black and white. As I breathe deeply and begin to relax, the garden comes into color in different stages. See the changes and hear that? Ah, the sound of nature. Isn't it peaceful!
EmWave Desktop by Heart Math sells for $250.
This next program charts my mental state using these sensors that I wear on my fingers. The middle one is the heart monitor, and the other two measure my sweat levels. There are a bunch of different games to choose from.
Let's try the balloon game. If I get energized or excited or think really happy thoughts, then I can make the balloons float to the top and pop.
Okay, now let's try deep, slow meditated thoughts. As I calm and quiet down, the balloon sinks slowly.
This next game is going to measure my state of mind and find my inner balance. It allows you to build a rock tower. The more relaxed and calm and meditative and steady you can be, the more rocks you'll be able to pile one on top of the next. But if you're tense or you get nervous or you're fingers get sweaty, and you try to control those rocks, they'll either float or freeze in midair.
Relaxing Rhythms by Wild Divine sells for just about $300.
Who knew that the quest for calm could be so entertaining? Now that's nirvana.
This entry last modified on: January 25, 2013 2:16 PM
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Can a game really help you relax? These high-tech meditation aids can put you in the right frame of mind.