MxR Lab Alum Wins Top Demo at ESCoNS

IMD student, Xuan “Sean” Li’s Blowing Blues, an interactive health application, won the “top software demo” award at the Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society (ESCoNS) conference.

Developed as part of an MFA Thesis at the USC Interactive Media Division, the game helps players improve their resilience to life’s stresses and worries. Using an innovative interaction mechanic, player’s use their actual breathing to exhale and “blow away” enemies designed to represent one’s negative emotions and stressful thoughts. The program uses the lab’s open-source Socket HMD to immerse the player in an unique brain-like environment where one plays to defeat negative emotions and feel better.

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