With mobile games encompassing all aspects of kids’ daily lives, it was only a matter of time before they would infiltrate their dreams, too. A new iOS app called Zeds, from the UK’s Channel 4 Education and digital content developer Chunk, lets teens record their sleep data, which is then turned into a bespoke iOS game.
Zeds works on iPhone and iPod Touch and aims to help teens learn about the effects of sleep. It starts recording sleep patterns when a user goes to sleep, if the phone is positioned at the corner of their bed. When the player wakes up, the sleep patterns are displayed in a graph with explanations as to what they mean. The recording is then turned into a game that sees Zed game characters run along tracks that reflect various sleep patterns.
In periods of restless sleep, game environments get more tumultuous. Periods of deep sleep are calmer and populated with collectible Z’s that offer temporary immunity and other bonuses.
Aside from the gaming element, Zeds is designed to inform teens about the importance of quality sleep. Chunk commissioned animation team The Brothers McLeod to bring the game characters and environments to life, and the app is also supported by Professor Russell Foster, who studies the effects of sleeping patterns on teenagers at Oxford University.
Zeds is available on iTunes starting today.