At the Ubisoft press conference at this year’s E3, we were shown a look at Innergy, a title that isn’t so much a game as it is a breathing exercise of sorts, setting out to help you reach “cardiac coherence.”
The concept of cardiac coherence is a bit complicated, but from what we gathered, it deals with focusing on breathing in a slow rhythm that affects your heart-rate, thus impacting your brain. With repetition, proper breathing can help reduce stress in your everyday life.
The “game” works by attaching a sensor to your finger, much like the Wii Vitality Sensor that was announced at E3 2009 (but seems to have disappeared since). In the example exercise we were shown, the object was to breath in rhythm with a floating, moving bubble as it traveled from left to right across the screen in a sound-wave like pattern. As the bubble climbs in altitude, you breathe in, and as it falls, you breath out.
According to the developer, Innergy is perfect for anytime you “need a break to charge yourself up.” Their examples included job interviews, or just getting the proper amount of sleep at night, as one ten minute session will apparently not only help your breathing and your brain, but will also give your immune system a boost lasting up to six hours.
The game’s demo was being run on a PC, but no platforms were officially announced for the title. We’ll be sure to bring you more news about Innergy when it becomes available. For now, check out the rest of our E3 coverage.