Chill Panda is a family-friendly mobile app used to monitor and control heart rate through creative activities that emphasize stress-reduction. An initial heart rate is acquired through LED light pulse detection (no external device needed) prior to mood self-reporting and follow-up actions (measuring heart rate, breathing exercises, physical activities, and creative video games). Chill Panda walks the user through these activities with the help of a panda avatar and emphasizes the idea of “play” as a means of relaxation and emotional regulation. By modeling the avatar’s actions, users can develop a foundational understanding of calming techniques involving light breathing and exercise, awareness of how their bodies respond to stress, and a basic recognition of emotional control. The app is best suited for a younger demographic, and has general informational guidelines for both children and their caretakers regarding anxiety and wellness; Chill Panda can be accessed via the “iTunes App Store” or “Google Play” and requires a functional camera for heart rate monitoring.

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Overall Score: 1.80/5.00

Research base 0/3
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Specificity of proposed intervention 2/3
Number of consumer ratings 1/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 2/2

Total 5/14

date of rating: May 2017

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Available for: Android; iOS 8.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Company Name: Onteca
Classification: Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographics: Children
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it:
Google Play
iTunes Apple Store