Chill Panda uses the player’s mobile phone camera to monitor heart rate as an indication of anxiety levels. Based on how the player feels, the game introduces activities and exercises to reduce their anxiety.
Young children can have many worries or concerns, which can sometimes lead to anxiety. Childhood anxiety is on the rise due to pressured schedules, education, and social stresses. The Covid-19 pandemic has also contributed to more children dealing with anxiety due to their education and social interactions changing completely, almost suddenly.
Anxiety and heart rate are strongly linked. A racing heart is common when people are anxious or suffering from panic. Studies show that when an anxious person can get their heart rate under control, their anxiety reduces. Strategies to slow heart rate in adults don’t always work with children. However, video games can be a fun way for kids to work through therapeutic activities in an exciting, engaging way. Innovative startups are finding exciting ways to treat kids through games or gamification, such as this game for treating ADHD.
Chill Panda, available on iOS and Nintendo Switch, is a fun game for children dealing with anxiety. The game helps children better understand their feelings while teaching them calming techniques in a fun way. The game tracks the player’s heart rate using the mobile phone camera. The player simply puts their fingertip on the camera to obtain a reading.
The player can interact with the peaceful digital world through a panda avatar. On their adventures, they’ll come across various interactive activities. Fun games like surfing and pinball help keep the player engaged. When it’s time for calming activities to lower the player’s heart rate, the panda will guide the player through exercises like easy yoga and breathing techniques.