In recent years, a few mainstream game makers have toyed with stress-killing gadgets. Nintendo Co. unveiled the Wii Vitality Sensor at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2009, and Ubisoft Inc. demonstrated the Innergy Sensor at E3 the next year. Both doodads hugged users' fingers and measured body signals. However, neither have yet to launch the devices.
"The Journey to the Wild Divine," a niche game released in 2004 for the PC that also featured Chopra, used a similar controller attached to players' fingers that detected and transmitted such biofeedback as heart rate and perspiration. The folksy game required players to complete such feats as breathing evenly and synchronizing their heart rate to progress forward.
Chopra hopes that "Leela," which is scheduled to launch in the United States on Nov. 8, will mark the beginning of an evolution for the interactive medium. He believes that if gaming consoles add the abilities to wirelessly measure brain waves as well as the intervals between heartbeats that they could be even more beneficial to health and wellness.
"It's all doable now," said Chopra. "We just have to bring it all together. If we can measure what's happening in your body, your heart, your emotions, your breath and your mind, then there's no reason why we can't create a new generation of video games that can help accelerate the personal, psychological, emotional and spiritual development of human beings."
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