Healium XR won the XR pitch competition at CES and SXSW this year for their immersive experiences that respond to biometric data. I saw the first demo of Healium XR (powered by StoryUp) back in 2017 at Oculus Connect 4, which I talk about more here in this previous interview with CEO and Chief Storyteller Sarah Hill, and I was able to talk to their biometric data advisor Dr. Jeff Tarrant at the Awakened Future Summit.
I ran into the Healium XR team at SXSW 2019 just after they had give their pitch to the judges, and I had a chance to try out their latest demo on the Oculus Go and with a Muse Headband, and then have a conversation with Hill, UE4 developer Ricky Rockley, and cinematography and editor Kyle Perry.
We talk about the challenges of developing a biometric sensor-driven experience, the trends of wearables (including biometric sensors embedded into clothing and fabrics), how they provide rewards of cinematic experiences, and some of the open questions around privacy and data ownership when it comes to biometric data.
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