Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A new ASMR App Released for Apple iOS

While doing a Google search for ASMR, which I do practically every day, to see what comes up, I saw a page on iTunes for a new ASMR app. This was followed a few days later by a YouTube video demonstration.

This app was developed specifically for any product using iOS 5.0 or later by Sandratra of Sassou Studio, and is available off of iTunes for 99 cents. Version 1.0 is small, at about 200 KB.

What it features is direct YouTube browsing, with YouTube videos sorted by category (which seems to have a connection to asmrvideos.com), favourites management, as well as direct access to The Unnamed Feeling blog. It also sports in-app support by email or comment. There’s also a support page which is listed on the iTunes page mentioned earlier.

As long as you have an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) or iPad and have iOS 5.0 or later, this app might be worth looking in to.

Update: This app has been updated to v 1.1 as of October 2, 2012. Some bugs were fixed, and the app has been renamed ASMR Mobile.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Announcing the ASMR Kickstarter Funding Project

The topic has cropped up from time to time in various places. I’ve talked about it on the blog briefly once or twice in the past, and it was brought up on the Facebook group earlier on in the year, too. The research team has deliberated over the subject for a while now as well.

ASMR Research and Support needs funding, chiefly for its research project. For the time being this is all independent. So we’re working on getting a platform up where people can donate to our cause and they will receive benefits from doing so, from being credited for donating, being the first to receive information and updates on research (first access) to receiving media packages, and possibly being allowed to participate as a laboratory volunteer – this will all be dependant on community funding in the future.

We’re looking at Kickstarter to help us with funding efforts, and Ryan, our multimedia specialist, has been tasked with coming up with ideas for the media packages or gifts talked about just now – these would include stickers, T-shirts, trigger video compilations, and more. We would would also like to get other people on board to help with the creation of the media packages. So if you are an artist or musician, and wish to collaborate on this project or at least want to know more about what’s involved, then you can contact me (my contact details are listed on my contacts page) or Envelope at temporcanary at gmail dot com (I broke the link intentionally to prevent harvesting by those spammers out there). Artists should be willing to donate their work as part of the gift tiers, as the funds received will go towards the research project, and we all ready have to factor in the potential cost of shipping the benefits to future donators.

We also need people with experience in EEG, MRI, and other lab work who can help us draft the project charter, which is the quote for funding we need, and the design of the research project.

So people who want to see progress on research will have to put something in to get something out. It won’t be obligatory for anybody to do so, but those who donate will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping things along. This model of funding might not be permanent – we one day would like to receive a research grant from a medical or scientific institution to continue research, but we need a research portfolio – something to show them in the mean time – so we can be taken seriously and stand a better chance when that day comes.

I’d just like to take the time to say thank you to everybody in the community, no matter where you are or which sites you participate on, for your continued support and participation. Look at how far we’ve come in such a relatively short amount of time, and just think how far we can still go. The power lies with you! We can and we will do it!

I'd also just like to add in response to a concern raised by an individual that we will look in to a worthwhile cause or charity of some sort that we can donate funds to in the case that funds we receive are beyond what we need for the research project. We are not looking to personally profit from this, rest assured.
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