Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Miracle Modus - great fee app design by autistic person

Photo 2012-10-24 12:14 PM
"It goes ding and you feel better."

This Good Free App of the Day was created by an autistic person to help combat sensory overload. Good for anyone who finds hypnotic rainbow lights and bells soothing and relaxing. My favorite is rain drops.

Although designed for autistic individuals and those affected by sensory processing difficulties, I think this app has the potential to be useful to many more people as a way to both relax and regain focus. It's incredibly customizable so it's easy to play with in order to find the modes that work for you or your child. 

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Change or turn off the sound in settings. If there are light modes that you or your child don't like - disable them. The app is completely free but in settings there is a 'Thanks' and 'More Thanks' button so you can financially support the developer if you choose.

Some of the settings are responsive to touch but often in ways that are delayed or subtle. I personally use this app as a way to 'tune out' and then refocus. I can imagine that children and adults who have attention deficit challenges may also find it useful in this respect. I could also see it being incorporated into a sensory diet for similar reasons.

From iTunes:
"It goes ding and you feel better." -- Jesse H., noted fantasy author and spouse

The Miracle Modus is a source of hypnotic rainbows and soft bells. I'm autistic, and I wrote this because I wanted something to mitigate sensory overload. I find mathematically-patterned rainbow lights very soothing. After I showed it to a couple of friends and they had similar experiences, I decided to publish it.

The first time you open the app, it will make a bit of noise and draw a bunch of lines, squares, and hexes. Once it's done this it should have a guess as to how fast your device is, and be able to perform decently. This is a little unreliable still; improvements are planned.

More testimonials from users:
"I can stop watching this whenever I want to, I just don't want to right now." -- Magical Princess Lory, webcomic artist
"It changed my life and perception. Whether it was for the best remains to be seen." -- brightwave, app developer
"I was so overloaded my face went numb and I couldn't get up off the couch, so he showed me the app and said to give it a try, and I felt relaxed for the first time in days. If you are stuck on the couch whimpering, try to slide this app under your prostrate face as soon as possible." -- Luka D., webcomic artist
"It's so cool I can't even look at it." - Lerg, app developer

Watch the pretty lights. Want different pretty lights? Double-tap (with only one finger). Most modes are at least a little interactive, but sometimes it is pretty subtle. After you've explored a bit, you may find you prefer some modes, or don't like some of them. We've thought of that!

Double-tap in any corner to bring up the settings page. This allows you to change (or disable) the sounds, enable or disable modes so you only see your favorites, or re-run the benchmark phase if you think it got bogus results.

See the support page. Feel free to email suggestions for display modes you'd like to see, as I enjoy writing new display modes. If you wish to report the app being slow or erratic, be sure to tell me what device you've got, and what it's doing.

Performance is not as reliable as I'd like.

The app is free. There's an in-app purchase available called "thanks". It does not get you any new features or functions, it just increases my chances of working on the app more.

The name "Miracle Modus" is used by kind permission of Andrew Hussie. It is a reference to a device in his webcomic "Homestuck".

LiLDeanne2Deanne Shoyer is the mother to twin boys on the autism spectrum, blogs at, has two history degrees and looks a lot less hip than her avatar.

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