Apps for seasicknessJan 17, 2014
SeaSickness app home screen
Voyagers who have been hit by a sudden bout of seasickness — with no medication handy — may appreciate a smartphone app that claims to relieve seasickness.
Nevasic - This app provides audio that uses specific tones, frequencies and pulses to stabilize the balance receptors in the inner ear in order to provide relief from nausea. Headphones are required, but the user is able to continue everyday tasks while listening to the program. It is recommended that the user listen to the whole program from beginning to end. No medication is involved with using Nevasic, and it is a registered class 1 medical device in the U.S.
Find Nevasic on the App Store for $16.99. It is also available for Android devices.
SeaSickness - This app utilizes the gyroscope in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to create a fixed horizon. The voyager suffering from seasickness can focus on an image with a fixed horizon to calm nausea. Users select between different shoreline-themes with the option to switch from day view to night view. There is also a live-view mode that uses the device's built-in camera. An in-app instruction screen reads: "This app can be a remedy as it shows a virtual shoreline so that your eyes and vestibular system are in sync again."
If you're in need of a quick fixed horizon, SeaSickness might be worth a try at only $0.99 (available through the App Store).
MyHorizon - Another app that uses a fixed horizon to avoid sea sickness. MyHorizon "aims to help passengers traveling by ship overcome motion sickness by compensating for missing visual reference while standing on unstable ground." It offers a gallery of photos with a fixed horizon to choose from, or the ability to use your own photo as the artificial horizon.
MyHorizon is also available on mobile iOS devices for $0.99.
The next time you need to hang your head over the side of your boat, give one of these apps a try and let us know your thoughts!