Shiver Me Timbers

The PIP: A Biosensor that Helps You Relax Through Play.

A project in Dublin, Ireland by Galvanic

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The PIP wireless biosensor, combined with a suite of apps, allows you to master the art of relaxation through gaming.
Backers: 555
Average Pledge Per Backer: $187

Funded: $103,916 of $100,000
Dates: Jun 17th -> Jul 20th (33 days)
Project By: Galvanic
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Latest News

Hooray and Thank You!

July 19th - via:
Hey all, We've made it and boy are we happy about it. We would really like to thank all our backers for all the support both in pledges and feedback. Not only did we reach our funding target but we also learned so much from you all. There is still... (Read More)

We Need Your Help!

July 16th - via:
We have 3 days to go and we still have a mountain to climb to reach our target! In these last couple of days can we ask everyone to share our story with their wider communities and whomsoever you can think of that might find it interesting? We really... (Read More)

PIPs in Moscow

July 11th - via:
Dear Backers,Happy Friday! The PIPS have arrived safely at Moscow and are available to the public to try out and play the Relax and Race Game. We're delighted to hear of the warm response the PIPs have received. The PIPs are on display as part of the... (Read More)

PIP Biosensor: Gamifying Stress Management

July 11th - via:
How do you know when you are under stress? Most of us know when we’re stressed, and when stress is linked to health problems, it is great to have a way of measuring it. The PIP biosensor can measure stress symptoms and lets users visualize metrics to help mediate stress reduction with with games. (Read More)

Over Half Way There

July 10th - via:
We're more than 50% of the way there but we're getting close to the final week. We need everyone to email, tweet, facebook or even bebo or myspace (if you are so inclined) the PIP to the far corners of the globe! We really believe the potential for... (Read More)

Kickstarter gets the PIP

July 5th - via:
The PIP (Personal Input Pod), a device that allows users to view their stress levels on an Android or iOS device has launched on crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. (Read More)

Independence Day Update

July 3rd - via:
Firstly, we'd like to wish all our American backers and friends a very happy (and slightly early) 4th of July. We've passed the 40% mark in the last few days which makes us really happy but we want to keep the momentum up so be sure to tell all your... (Read More)

PIP Biosensor Measures Stress and Gamifies the Art of Conscious Relaxation

June 29th - via:
Most of us know when we’re stressed. Physical cues like stomach butterflies, a flushed face, or muscle tension are hard to miss. Problem is, said symptoms can be very difficult to control. Once going—these things tend to snowball. (Read More)

Cornell Testing - Moodlight

June 28th - via:
Hi Everyone, Hope you're all having a good Friday! Just a quick update before the weekend. We have some news from Mark Matthews of the Interaction Design Lab at Cornell University. You might remember from the video Mark and his team are currently... (Read More)

Images from Update 3

June 26th - via:
Oops!Sorry guys something went wrong with our images in update three. I'm just going to include them here. Hope you like them.  (Read More)

Crowdfunding Roundup: Virtual Reality, Smart Homes & Stress Management

June 26th - via:
Stressed? If you’re like the majority of people, then you probably experience frequent levels of high stress. The PIP is a biosensor that helps you learn to relax while you play and teaches you how to carry that throughout your life. This is a small device that detects your body’s stress level. As you play games, you are rewarded for lowering your stress levels, training yourself to control your body’s stress reaction in the face of stressful situations. Learning to control stress can not only allow you to be happier and make well-thought-out decisions, but can also help prevent dangerous health risks associated with sustained high stress levels. (Read More)

Tests and Travels

June 24th - via:
Dear Backers, Here's the latest Updates on the PIP! Sensor discs We have recently received new sensor disk samples back from the lab and have been testing their performance with the help of some friends/human guinea pigs! Great news: the results are... (Read More)

Meet the PIP: Galvanic's wireless biosensor helps manage stress and could reinvent Android and iOS gaming

June 24th - via:
Dublin-based startup Galvanic Ltd has taken to popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to fuel the production of the PIP, a hand-held wireless biosensor that measures stress and emotional response. (Read More)

The Fun, Mobile Path to Enlightenment

June 24th - via:
For the stressed out Luddite, nothing beats meditation. Sit down, focus on your breath and let the peace ensue. No equipment or wires–just your thoughts, breath and butt. However, for the more technologically disposed, a new product called PIP might provide a great way to still your frazzled nerves. (Read More)

This $79 Sensor Could Keep Your Stress in Check

June 20th - via:
When you're stressed out, a relaxing yoga session or curling up with a good book can help take your mind off whatever it is that's weighing you down. But as nice as it can be to engage in a hobby or exercise as a means of relief, you can't truly destress until you acknowledge the cause of your discomfort and restructure the way you think about that stimulus. (Read More)

Quarter way there!

June 19th - via:
Hey everyone, We’ve passed the quarter-way mark of $25,000 and are now at around $26,000, Thank you all so much for showing your support! We really appreciate all the feedback and for you sharing the word! If anyone knows of communities/blogs that... (Read More)

First Milestone: Check!

June 19th - via:
Hey everyone, We want to take this opportunity to voice our sincere gratitude for all your support thus far, you guys are awesome! We're delighted to announce that as of early this morning we past the 100 backers milestone, totaling $16,377 pledged.... (Read More)

GALVANIC THE PIP BIOSENSOR: Spielerische Stressbewältigung

June 19th - via:
The PIP ist ein Biosensor, der zwischen Daumen und Zeigefinger gehalten wird und das augenblickliche Stress-Level des Nutzers über den Hautwiderstand messen soll. Der Entspannungszustand wird aber nicht über ein normales Display angezeigt, sondern beeinflusst den Ausgang eines Smartphone Games. (Read More)

Biofeedback Video Game Forces Players To Remain Calm To Win [Video]

June 19th - via:
If you’re competitive, playing video games may not seem like a stress-reliever, but rather a contributor to stress. But Galvanic want to use gaming as a platform for relaxation, by using a biosensor and games where the only way to win is to de-stress. (Read More)

Wireless biosensor uses gaming to teach you to relax

June 18th - via:
The Personal Input Pod could be your little chill pill that helps you learn to master the art of relaxation. (Read More)

Technology with Feeling: Kickstarter Gets the PIP

June 17th - via:
The PIP, a device that allows technology to respond to emotional stimulus, launches today on crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. The PIP - Personal Input Pod™ - is a wireless, hand-held device that uses galvanic skin response to measure an individual's stress level in real time and communicate it via Bluetooth™ to an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. (Read More)

PIP Is A Bluetooth Biosensor That Aims To Use Your Phone To Gamify Beating Stress

June 17th - via:
Irish startup Galvanic has just launched a Kickstarter to crowdsource funding a wireless stress biosensor it’s calling PIP. PIP — which stands for ‘personal input pod’ — is a Bluetooth biosensor that monitors its user’s stress levels by measuring their galvanic skin response (GSR) as they hold the PIP pinched between thumb and forefinger. GSR means skin conductance — so basically how sweaty you’re getting and therefore how nervous you’re feeling. (Read More)

PIP biosensor makes you relax to win games

June 17th - via:
The PIP biosensor and app system on Kickstarter encourages you to relax in order to get ahead in gaming. (Read More)

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