One mom’s story

Beth Omecene Epperson is a mother of a high school senior in the Kansas City area. Recently, she shared this story about her daughter’s car accident and how an augmented reality app eased her panic attack that followed.

Story by Beth Omecene Epperson

My 17 year old daughter was in a car accident last Thursday morning.

It was the first day this year with Black Ice, and as she proceeded down the onramp of the highway, she slid in and out of two lanes of traffic until a guard rail on the opposite side of the highway finally stopped her vehicle.

The…


American Red Cross participants watched a 4-minute virtual reality experience

A user watches a Healium virtual reality story about a magical tree

The Scholarly Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science published a study this week investigating shifts in mood states using virtual reality before blood donations at the American Red Cross. The study involved 33 volunteers measuring states including tension, anger, fatigue, happiness and calmness.


Biometrically-Powered Content Channel Gains Tinder Founder as Product Advisor

Columbia, Missouri, 2019 — StoryUP, the makers of a virtual anxiety management product called Healium, just closed a $1.3M oversubscribed Series A investment round. The Missouri startup, incubated at the Missouri Innovation Center, will use the funds to grow Healium, the world’s first interactive immersive media channel powered by wearables. Healium’s virtual and augmented reality apps are used worldwide as drugless solutions for the self-management of anxiety, addiction, sleep, and pain.

Anxiety is the cause of 60% of all illness and disease. Healium’s beautiful experiences are designed to quickly downshift…


How VR and AR are smoothing Life’s Speed Bumps

Of all the things you have in your medicine cabinet, chances are you have nothing to help a problem that’s responsible for 90% of all doctors visits. Stress….. is the 21st century epidemic according to the World Health Organization but it’s not something you can fix with a bandaid or Benedryl. But virtual and augmented reality can be mental health armor for when reality overwhelms your defenses and you need to escape. Recently in the aftermath of the F3 tornado in Missouri, the American Red Cross used virtual reality, to take storm victims to a less stressful place.

Tornado Survivor…


As a television news reporter for more than 20 years, I covered lots of trauma and never thought it would affect me. And then in 2009, I met a big bad wolf. I dropped my berry basket and I lost my shit.

If you watched me on the news in Missouri, you might have thought I had my act together but to be totally transparent, I wasn’t ok. Hours of listening to a police scanner, seeing dead bodies, covering conflict, natural disasters, and stepping inside the stories of families who lost children weakened me in a way I didn’t expect…


Healium produced by StoryUp Studios, releases world’s 1st brain-computer interface title for GearVR and Oculus Go

“Are those really my brainwaves?” People frequently ask me that question when we demo our Positivity app on our Healium platform which works with a brain-computer interface, and a standalone VR headset. The new title is powered by an input from your brain’s asymmetrical gamma activity. Only when I gently startle the user and they see the waves jump do they understand that their mind is indeed controlling the immersive story.

Even with diagnostic EEG at a hospital, rarely do you get the…


For every story of significance, there are always more than two sides. While they may not all fit into every account, responsible reporting is clear about what it omits, as well as what it includes.

— RTDNA Code of Ethics

When telling stories to be viewed in a headset, we’ve learned you have to decide who is the camera. To me, it doesn’t always have to be the same person for the entire length of the piece. Perhaps the sweet spot for empathy in 360 journalism doesn’t lie totally in stepping inside someone else’s shoes; in certain cases, it also…


For every story of significance, there are always more than two sides. While they may not all fit into every account, responsible reporting is clear about what it omits, as well as what it includes.

— RTDNA Code of Ethics

When telling stories to be viewed in a headset, we’ve learned you have to decide who is the camera. To me, it doesn’t always have to be the same person for the entire length of the piece. Perhaps the sweet spot for empathy in 360 journalism doesn’t lie totally in stepping inside someone else’s shoes; in certain cases, it also…


As I start to come out of my Sundance VR hangover, here are some noteworthy experiences I saw in Park City inside and outside a headset. In no particular order …

Tree”: This masterpiece by New Reality Company’s Milica Zec and Winslow Porter took a simple concept, being a tree, and grew it to new heights. The experience started with the viewer taking a real seed and dropping it on the ground. Then, inside the headset, you could see yourself sprout and evolve into a young sapling and ultimately a glorious rainforest tree. With Oculus hand controls, you could…


As I start to come out of my Sundance VR hangover, here are some noteworthy experiences I saw in Park City inside and outside a headset. In no particular order …

Tree”: This masterpiece by New Reality Company’s Milica Zec and Winslow Porter took a simple concept, being a tree, and grew it to new heights. The experience started with the viewer taking a real seed and dropping it on the ground. Then, inside the headset, you could see yourself sprout and evolve into a young sapling and ultimately a glorious rainforest tree. With Oculus hand controls, you could…

Sarah Hill

CEO & Chief Storyteller, Healium, a drugless virtual escape powered by your biometrics in virtual, augmented or mixed reality. https://www.tryhealium.com/

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