07 May 2014

An update from Playlab London

By Glen

The Playlab team from last summer have been as busy as proverbial beavers over at the affectionately named BGV 2 Towers, along with cohort-mates FluencyCommonplace, and OpenUtility.

In case you don’t remember, Playlab believe that games can have positive impacts on people’s lives, along with their first game, Flowy, which helps support people dealing with anxiety, panic attacks and hyperventilation.

They’ve got some lovely coverage over at the BBC last week, along with a warning in the article that games can be helpful, but they aren’t a replacement for therapy. Playlab were of course way ahead of the game, designing in signposting as well as making it easy to map your usage of the game so that your therapist can use it to help you out.

They’re currently testing Flowy in the waters of a clinical setting through a rigorous pilot study along with some help from our friends Nominet Trust and the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine.

That’s not all, though – they’ve just started working with We Are What We Do to make games that help young people with their emotional wellbeing, using new biofeedback technology. You can read more about the project here.

We can’t wait to find out what’s going to come out of it – not to mention playing the games.

If you are feeling anxious and interested in helping to trial Flowy, have a look at http://www.flowygame.com/survey and see if you have what they need. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait with the rest of us.