Flowborne VR is a scientifically validated virtual reality experience developed by psychologists. It conveys a healthy breathing style in an intuitive and playful way. The player’s breath is used as a game controller. The game takes you on a meditative journey through a fascinating virtual world. Follow the traces of Yuna who once roamed the temples of the world to discover the secret of the breath. Experience a memorable and deeply relaxing pilgrimage through soothing landscapes and unravel the secret of the breath. Allow yourself to let go and master the art of diaphragmatic breathing.
A core innovation of Flowborne VR is the direct integration of the player’s abdominal breathing into the game. An empirically validated algorithm utilizes the VR hand controller to pick up the subtle respiration-induced abdominal movements. Both inhalation and exhalation are derived with great precision. The virtual environment reacts to your breathing in real-time (biofeedback), thus guiding your attention and helping you to perfect your breathing style. Furthermore, every breath directly translates into virtual movement, letting you gently explore the virtual world merely with your breath. Our approach does not require any configuration or calibration and intuitively works with all kinds of body shapes and clothing. Use your breath as a game controller.
Flowborne VR is currently available on the Oculus Quest, a state-of-the-art mobile VR headset which requires no external equipment such as sensors or computers. Wireless 6 degrees-of-freedom head and hand tracking allows you to deeply immerse yourself into the game.
Flowborne VR is based on a hands-on applied research project by Johannes Blum and Christoph Rockstroh at the Department of Psychology of the University of Freiburg (Germany). Flowborne VR combines scientific evidence regarding VR, biofeedback and digital mental health. Flowborne VR is empirically tested in a peer-reviewed study. Over the course of just six sessions, participants significantly improved their breathing skills and mental health.