London tech company ustwo has developed a new iOS app called Sway as it looks to replicate the success of hit game "Monument Valley."
Developed by ustwo's Nordic studio and Danish mental wellness company PauseAble, the £2.99 "interactive meditation" app is designed to calm people down.
The app, which will be available on iPhone from Thursday, relies on movement as opposed to screen interaction. It uses the gyroscope in the iPhone to track movement and provides audio and visual feedback in a bid to help you gain focus and improve your attention.
In terms of the audio and visual feedback, the app basically emits soothing sounds while displaying tranquil colours and landscapes.
The app's six levels will help you learn new mindfulness techniques in a "discrete" fashion, ustwo said, meaning that you should be able to use it in public without looking too strange. ustwo explained that users of the app will end up doing things like:
- moving their phone in their hand while sitting down or lying in bed
- gently swaying their body while waiting for the bus
- or walking slowly around their office.
So does it work? The app's creators say Sway has been tested with EEG scanners. The studies apparently show that Sway increases relaxation and lowers mental workload levels.
"With interactive meditation we're on a journey to establish a brand new field of meditation that is proven to be more effective than other popular solutions currently available," said Marcus Woxneryd, head of Studio at ustwo Nordics.
"The interactive component makes it much easier to use, more accessible and adaptable to people's real lives. And with Sway we're also introducing a new way of using your phone that’s not only based on screen time, but is actually best experienced with just sound and movement."