the PIPThe PIP, a device that allows technology to respond to emotional stimulus has launched on crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.

Innovated by Galvanic Ltd, the PIP – Personal Input Pod™ – is a wireless, hand-held device that uses galvanic skin response to measure an individual’s stress level in real time and communicate it via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

The PIP has already attracted the attention of Cornell University in New York and Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

Among many possible applications, the PIP helps users manage their stress anytime, anywhere. The Galvanic team are raising funds to get the PIP into production, expand their suite of entertainment and lifestyle applications and create a software development kit (SDK) for third party developers.

The device has already sparked academic interest with research scholars at the Interaction Design Lab (IDL) in Cornell University, New York who are working with the device in the development of their MoodLight – essentially a light that responds to how you feel.

“PIP is a significant leap forward in terms of what can be done to manage stress but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The PIP undoubtedly has a number of potential usages from day-to-day convenience applications to consumer health benefits to shaking up lifestyle entertainment and gaming. The ubiquitous ownership of smart devices means that so much is possible and we are very excited to get into market and work with other innovators to help us realise PIP’s full potential.” Daragh McDonnell, CTO, Galvanic said.

Through Kickstarter, Galvanic aims to raise $100,000 to get the PIP to production before the end of 2013, develop applications and create a software development kit (SDK) for third party developers.