The world of quantified self apps is a big one, with everyone from startups to multinational sports brands getting in on the game via a plethora of apps and associated hardware. But few have done it by making a game. That’s what Happitech has done.
By creating a game called Skip a Beat, Happitech has launched something onto the App Store that not only entertains but also gives you valuable information about your heart beat – something that can be super handy.
The premise is simple. Gamers guide Skip the frog through the air while trying to avoid pesky birds. Skip is trying to rescue Princess Euphoria, a noble cause indeed, so you naturally want to help the little guy out as much as you can.
That’s where your heart beat comes in.
The game is an endless runner, and before each level users have their heart rate measured using the iPhone’s built-in flash and camera. Apps like Cardio already do that, so we know it works, and the game’s pace varies depending on your heart rate. Keep it low and the pace is slow. If not, well, things get faster quickly.
According to Happitech CEO Yosef Harb the aim of the game is to highlight people’s heart rates in an attempt to try and make people more aware of their bodies.
“What happens when you have too much coffee, bad sleep, a very good breakfast. It’s a combination of awareness meets quantified self.”
Anything that makes people aware of what their bodies are doing is fine by us, and at $1.99 Skip a Beat isn’t going to break the bank. If you fancy a challenge and like a spot of quantified self fun when your heart beat allows then pick this up and give it a try.
Just not after spending an hour in the gym.
(Download: Skip a Beat Heart Rate Game for iPhone on the App Store)