Although biofeedback is an effective treatment for various physiological problems and can be used to optimize physiological functioning in many ways, the benefits can only be attained through a number of training sessions, and such gains can only be maintained over time through regular practice. Adherence to regular training has been a problem that has plagued the field of physiological self-regulation, limiting its utility. As with any exercise, incorporating biofeedback training with another activity encourages participation and enhances its usefulness.
NASA Langley engineers have created a software tool that operates on a smartphone and incorporates functions of physiological self-regulation or biofeedback with other gaming, training, or simulation activities such as orienteering and parcourse training. The central distinguishing characteristic is the integration of mobile brainwave and physiological monitoring technology with mobile geolocation technology in a smartphone/tablet computer application for biofeedback training and/or entertainment purposes. It makes biofeedback training fun and stimulating, thereby enabling mastery of the techniques.