Bravo Tango Brain Training, the first-ever voice activated meditation app has been released in a partnership between National Geographic and 360i. The app was designed for veterans, with the aim of providing another tool in the effort to enhance mental health support for America’s veteran community. The meditation app is available for free on smartphones via the Google Assistant app and Google Home Devices. To begin, say “Ok Google, talk to Bravo Tango.”
Bravo Tango Brain Training was developed in partnership with former Air Force Psychologist and combat veteran Dr. Michael Valdovinos who specializes in military and veteran psychological health and has vast experience working with transitioning and reintegrating service members. Working together, National Geographic, their agency partner 360i, Dr. Valdovinos and app developer Xapp created a voice-powered app that will give veterans easy access to one of the most effective methods for reducing stress and maintaining healthy coping practices- meditation and mindfulness.
The approach used in the app is supported by numerous studies, including those published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, Military Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Psychology that have found breathing-based meditation intervention to result in reduced stress, anxiety, feelings of depression and slowed respiration rates. In one case, 90% of veteran participants completed the study, suggesting high acceptability of meditation practices.
Bravo Tango Brain Training is accessible to the blind and visually impaired and is free. Now available on all smart phones and voice-powered devices with Google Assistant. To use, open the Google Assistant app, and say “Ok Google, talk to Bravo Tango.” The program will then guide the user to an appropriate exercise based on how they’re feeling. Bravo Tango recognizes over 40 moods, including anger, loneliness, anxiety, disappointment, regret, sadness, fatigue, fear and insomnia. Exercises range from breathing, and focus, to grounding and visualization, even interpersonal connection and muscle relaxation. While Bravo Tango Brain Training is an effective and accessible method for reducing stress and anxiety, it should not be used as a replacement for ongoing professional care. For more information, please reference the Terms & Conditions.