Sensorium – Synesthesia Meditation & Awareness - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

I did not develop the App myself. I am the project manager and the creative mind behind the Sensorium. Personally I had rough knowledge about HTML5 & VBA.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

We used reactNative. The documentation is not yet complete a we sometimes wished. What we struggled most was the integration of the payment methods.

Marc Jacques Mächler is a Plant Ecologist who studies the impact of climate change on plant diversity in the Alps. As his side project, he developed and the App "Sensorium". He is an expert in the field of synesthesia and nature awareness techniques. His goal is to support people in expanding their sensory horizons. He lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Headspace: the pioneer Meditation App.
Shazam: I love music and it is just a great way to discover new tunes.
Trello: Makes my personal and professional life easier.
Chess: My brain sometimes needs a rest.
PocketCast: Here I get my news and background stories.

How long have you been working on this app?

We started out in 2015 with the first version of it, that was pretty different. It has been a long way so far.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We wanted to create a Meditation App that sharpens the senses of the users. Meditation it self brings many benefits. Many people have synesthetic abilities that they are not aware of, such as seeing colors. We wanted to offer exercises to cater to users that want to expand their perception. Furthermore, people do not give attention anymore to the nature around them. So we implemented exercises to perceive nature more aware.

The need of the user is that they can access such sensory meditation exercises quickly and that they are not too long, as many have a busy life.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

We differ from other meditation apps with our unique content that combines traditional meditation, nature awareness exercises, and synesthetic exploration.

Synesthesia is a neurological gift where several senses are coupled together. Many people have this ability, but most are not aware of it. We are the first to provide specific meditation exercises to discover and train these abilities.

This, in combination with nature awareness exercises that help to connect with the world around you, is a unique way of meditation.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We hope to bring is soon to iTunes and to fill in more content.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Implementing a habit of regular meditation is tricky. Keep meditating, every day if possible. It will have a very positive benefit on your life.

Sensorium – Synesthesia Meditation & Awareness

About App:

Guided Synesthesia Meditation is a combination of traditional mindfulness exercises, nature awareness techniques, and synesthetic explorations. It fits well for Beginners and advanced meditators as well. Practice 10 minutes per day and train your mind to be more in the present moment. Become aware of your senses in your daily life and nature. And you may discover Synesthesia and how to blur your sensory channels. Find better sleep and more calm, relaxation, and balance, while decreasing stress. Gain improved focus and a little bit of life quality as you sharpen your senses to perceive more of this beautiful planet.

Synesthesia: the mix-up of the senses
Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon. The perception of one sense triggers the experience of other senses. A sound may be perceived as shapes, letters, and numbers as colorful personalities and tastes as sound.
Many people resonate with synesthesia. And even though there are cognitive advantages* most are not aware of it. They miss the beauty and the benefits of experiencing the here and now. Maybe you too?

It is more than just another meditation app!

Mindfulness cultivates synesthesia

In our busy lives, the mind is continually chattering to us about the past and the present. We feel stressed, and often we are not aware of the sensory experiences in the present moment.

With Synesthesia Meditation you discover, train, and integrate synesthesia in your daily life. Increase your overall sensory awareness.

Regardless if you resonate with synesthesia or not, whether you're a meditation beginner or advanced, you benefit by reconnecting with your senses.

Make it a ritual to meditate 10 minutes per day. Increase your life quality*. You will feel the benefits within a week.

How does it work?

The Synesthesia Meditations are in the app’s “Sensorium.” There are 3 categories.

Path of mindfulness
Sensory mindfulness series to train the mind to increase attention and focus.

Garden of Synesthesia
Synesthetic explorations to reconnect to your senses and sensations of the present moment.

Awareness of the Senses
Exercises to re-activate your senses in your daily life and when you are in nature

Our exercises involve all your senses. For many exercises, you just sit and listen. Others are interactive multimedia sessions that invite you to interact with your surrounding.

What is inside?
Over 200 guided Synesthesia Meditations,10 - 15 minutes in duration, with high diversity in topics and focus. Get your 7-day Trial to access them all.
All exercises are spoken by Tori Louise, a professional Yoga instructor and environmental educator (

Free exercices of the Gateway
- Over 3 hours immediately available
- 7 exercises of synesthetic explorations
- 7 exercises of sensory mindfulness
- Synesthesia tests

Mindfulness-based series
- 7 days synesthetic mindfulness for beginners
- 7 days introduction to breathing
- 7 days introduction to synesthetic body scans
- 7 days introduction into sensory scans
- 7 days deep exploration of the breath
- 7 days deepening body scan practice
- 14 days deepening sensory scans

Sound Based
- Nature sound meditations
- Soundscapes to experience music in colors
- Drawing sound

Synesthetic explorations
- Experience your 5 senses mixed-up
- Explore yourself, people and your environment
- Grapheme Synesthesia: colors of letters and numbers
- Calendar Synesthesia: a spatial experience of weeks and months

Additional single sessions
- Falling asleep
- Eating
- Nature awareness
- Seeing people in colors
- Physical activities
- Sensual perceptions

Synesthesia tests
- Grapheme synesthesia
- Calendar synesthesia

Categories: Health & Fitness

Date: June 27, 2020

Developer: Marc Jacques Mächler

About developer: Marc Jacques Mächler is a Plant Ecologist who studies the impact of climate ... Read more



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