Use your brain's positive vibes to hatch butterflies from a chrysalis and your heart rate to illuminate the planets. Works with a 2016 or later Muse 1 brain-sensing headband or an Apple watch to power experiences with your heart rate. Activate a positive feeling, a time when you felt love, joy or appreciation and try to keep that brain pattern (blue wavy line) above the red reference line to see butterflies fly out of the chrysalis. If you have a flat blue line, that could be forehead tension. Take a few deep breaths and relax. Adjust the difficulty by selecting the settings wheel. For heart rate with apple watch, lower your heart rate and see the planets illuminate. Try more Healium including our VR app by emailing email@example.com. Healium stories are metaphors that your thoughts and feelings have power not only in the virtual world but the real world as well. This AR self-awareness experience is not meant to be a treatment or diagnostic tool for any kind of mental health or physical disorder. This app integrates with the health app.
New user interface. Apple watch and Muse brain-sensing headband can be used to control all experiences.
Ratings and Reviews
Healium is an easy, enjoyable way to take a few minutes for yourself every day. As a nature lover who doesn’t always have the time to get outside between work and college courses, the experiences allow me to bring a little bit of nature into my home. It’s calming and fascinating — it’s amazing to see your own thoughts having a real effect!
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the love! We'll be adding more feeling states and a rock stacking experience in the coming months so be sure to keep the app udated. :)
Janky, kind of Gimmicky
I’m a veteran and saw this app in the Stories section today. Decided to try it out, and am coming away very underwhelmed.
The Butterfly meditation is easily the worse of the two currently available. The leaves on the bush (tree? green twig?) pop in and out jarringly during the experience, and some only seem to exist when viewed from certain angles. Then, after hatching one butterfly (and several others that don’t hatch but just appear from nothing) the narrator’s voice starting pausing the spa music every few seconds like a train conductor, repeating the same phrase over and over again. That, and the fact that it’s never quite clear what you’re doing, are very frustrating.
The other meditation, about the Solar System, is similarly vague about how it works. Are you “lighting up the universe” or is that light level the exact same at the end as it was at the beginning? Are you making butterflies grow or are they spontaneously appearing on a timer? My understanding from the Apple Story about this was that your biofeedback would produce an immediately visible reaction in the AR world. It’s what sold me on the app. Unfortunately, that great pitch is not well realized here.
Hopefully the devs get an influx of cash and use it to flesh this app out. Right now it feels cheap, like it’s held together with spit and bubblegum.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the helpful and detailed feedback. We apologize you had a poor experience. We will work to explain more and give a better tutorial in the instructions on the app store as the technology of stopping and starting something with your biometric data is new. This might help: https://www.tryhealium.com/faq Also: here's a video: https://youtu.be/ufOBlyjELgE You can adjust difficulty settings so the experience doesn't stop and start so much by clicking the settings wheel. Your heart rate or brain patterns are like a gas pedal, stopping and starting the experience. We're working on alternatives to stop/start and would love to get your suggestions. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you lower your heart rate below the threshold line, the planets light up. But If your heart rate goes up and above the threshold line, the planets darken. It's similar with the Muse headband. If your feelings of "quiet mind" for instance are meeting the mark and are below the threshold and calm, butterflies hatch out of the chrysalis. Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback. If you email us at email@example.com we'd also like to learn which iphone you're using so we can troubleshoot on our end. We appreciate the time you took to explain to us how we can make the experience better.
Turn on your heart light
I lowered my heart rate and the sun lit up. At first I didn’t see the planets then realized my phone was sitting on a table with my camera covered when I started the app so it couldn’t lock on. Pro tip: hold the phone vertical. When can I do this with a fit bit???
Developer Response ,
Barry Manilow! I remember those lyrics. :) We'll be adding more wearables to the platform but for right now, Healium only works with Apple Watch and a Muse headband. Your request for fitbit integration has been passed on to our team!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.