Questions and Answers.
About Life Environments™
How are Life Environments™ different from traditional nature recordings?
From the initial acquisition using our proprietary Surroundia™ capture technology to unique mastering designed to stimulate the brain in very specific ways and our exclusive playback technology that enables you to experience nature’s three-dimensional experience using only stereo headphones, Life Environments™ combines leading-edge science, technology, and advanced understandings about the human brain with nature to deliver experiences that refresh and rejuvenate in ways traditional recordings simply cannot.
How does Life Environments™ work?
Life Environments™ was initially developed to deliver therapeutic experiences in healthcare environments. Life Environments™ uses nature’s experience to interrupt specific processes that drive stress, anxiety and fear. By mitigating these functions, people generally feel and heal better. Plus, it’s simply an awesome experience!
How often are new Life Environments™ releases available?
We generally release new experiences every month.
How does Life Environments™ deliver its realistic surround experience using only stereo headphones or earbuds?
Physics. Science. Technology. Coffee. Magic. Awesomeness. Coffee. Coffee.
Why do I need to listen to Life Environments™ through headphones or earbuds?
Life Environments™ captures nature’s experience along with critical details like direction, distance and other audio things like wave interaction, dispersion dynamics and resonance stuff only physicist’s can love. Unfortunately, the speakers in your room can’t deliver the precision spatial experience required since they are spaced differently from where sounds occur naturally within the environments we capture. Life Environments™ delivers spatial three-dimensional audio experiences using the structures of your head (weird, right?). Headphones and earbuds make the precise replication and placement of natural spatial environments possible thanks to proprietary sound positioning and focusing technology pioneered by Explorers Like Us Cinema and Sound.
Is the Life Environments™ experience better with headphones or earbuds?
We’ve found the best results come from wireless Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones that are noise-isolating - not noise-cancelling. In testing, noise-cancelling headphones delivered the poorest results among all headphones tested while over-the-ear noise-isolating headphones delivered superior results.
Earbuds can be used as well. Like headphones, noise-isolating earbuds performed superior to noise-cancelling earbuds in testing.
What happens if I play Life Environments™ through my stereo system?
Your cat will explode! Just kidding – or are we? You will have amazing sound! However, the spatial positioning aspects and therapeutic efficacy of your Life Environments™ experience will be lost.
Life Environments™ Application Questions
I don’t have sleep issues, cognitive or depressive disorders. Can I still use Life Environments™?
Absolutely! Have you noticed how much better you feel after a walk or driving with your windows down? Life Environments™ can deliver many of those same benefits when getting out into nature is inconvenient or impossible. Life Environments™ is designed to refresh your mind and mental outlook using mother nature’s experience where ever, whenever and however you like! Enjoy!
Can Life Environments™ help me sleep better?
Absolutely! Like yourself, your brain hates boredom and repetition. Unlike traditional recordings that bore your brain to sleep, Life Environments™ stimulates your brain in ways that enable it to relax and become immersed in healthy and relaxing environments. The Life Environments™ experience is the difference between listening to a steam flowing on the radio and actually laying in a hammock beside a stream in real life. Which would you prefer? Which do you think will result in a more restful and healthy experience?
Will Life Environments™ make me tired or sleepy?
Typically, not unless that’s what you want. Life Environments™ delivers experiences designed to cognitively enhance how you want to feel with greater satiety. For example, if you want to relax, de-stress or clean the cobwebs out before a meeting or date, Life Environments™ is designed to contribute cognitively to your desire by allowing you greater cognitive clarity. If you want to feel more energized or alert, Life Environments™ can help you there as well. Use Life Environments™ to feel more of a certain way – or at least differently. That being said, you should never use Life Environments while driving or operating machines or equipment that require your undivided attention! Simply choose the exploration you want to experience and allow mother nature’s experience to take you there! It’s magically simple!
I suffer from anxiety and depression. Can Life Environments™ help me?
Studies have demonstrated clear and compelling evidence that nature plays a powerful role in the acquisition and attenuation of depressive disorders. That being said, Life Environments™ uses nature’s experience in ways that can benefit individuals suffering from depressive disorders. Life Environments™ is designed to inhibit critical cognitive processes that contribute to these dysfunctions. Please check with your physician to determine if Life Environments™ is an appropriate choice for your particular situation.
Your Life Environments™ Account
Can I share my subscription with others?
No. Your subscription is an agreement between you and us and no one else. We’re funny that way! Never share your access credentials with anyone else. Accounts that do this can be cancelled without prior notice or refund.
Can I download Life Environments™ experiences to use offline?
No. The full Life Environments™ requires Explorers Like Us technology to deliver full effect. For this reason, all Life Environments™ experiences must be streamed. It is also a violation of the Life Environments™ user agreement to download or attempt to download any Life Environments™ experience.
How do I cancel my subscription?
Really? Seriously? If you must choose this draconian option, we’ve made it simple! Simply go to your account page and choose the cancel subscription button. Your subscription will remain active through the paid period, then it will be cancelled automatically. After a brief period of mourning and contemplation, our production teams will recover and continue their awesome work!
I am a business. How can I get Life Environments™ subscriptions for my employees as a benefit or my customers as a premium?
Life Environments™ Corporate Subscriptions are available for companies wanting 50 or more accounts. These can be used as employee benefits or even premiums to existing customers, vendors or whatever. Simply select the number of subscriptions you want to purchase on the Corporate Subscriptions page. Please note all corporate subscriptions are annual level subscriptions and not available in monthly programs. We will ship you a certificate for each subscription for you to give to each recipient with access credentials and signup information. It’s just that simple!
I am a physician. I would like to use Life Environments™ in my practice for patient therapeutics. Can I do this?
Yes! Physicians can use Life Environments™ in their offices (not distributed to patients) by purchasing an annual subscription for each node they will have available in their office. Use in one exam room by a single patient constitutes one node license for each exam room. A room where many people are receiving dialysis requires one license for each available patient – as many licenses as people using the system. If you will require more than 50 licenses, you can quality for a Corporate Subscription. If you have any questions, please call us at 518.693.7014 and speak with a Client Care representative.
How can I implement Life Environments™ in my healthcare facility?
Please call us at 518.693.7014 and speak with a Client Care representative about healthcare licensing.
Is it true that Life Environments™ is available to Children’s Hospitals free of charge?
Yes it is! Life Environments™ is available to children’s hospitals free of charge! (Restrictions, maintenance and setup fees apply.) Please call us at 518.693.7014 and speak with a Client Care representative.
Why don’t Life Environments™ have a visual component like a nature video?
An essential element of the Life Environments™ experience is something called imaginative visualization, or IV. Life Environments™ does not use visual components because they obstruct and inhibit imaginative visualization processes.
How realistic are Life Environments™ aural explorations?
Very! If you look at audio recordings, capture, mastery and playback all play key roles in the audio experience. A misstep in any area dramatically changes the audio experience. Life Environments™ explorations are created using a precision model designed to replicate the actual environment with extreme accuracy using consumer grade playback devices and contemporary audio compression technology.
So, how accurate is it? We tested our proprietary Surroundia™ technology in controlled environments against the best available recording practices and technology. The best audio practices and technology captured environments at ~43% (± 6.4%) acoustic accuracy. Our proprietary Surroundia-based recordings often exceeded ~94% (± 2.2%) accuracy. In short, that’s a very big deal!
Naturally, the better your headphones are, the more precise your experience will be. However, it’s most important to understand Life Environments™ are precise enough to allow your brain to place you cognitively within the scene – and not just be a listener! That’s where the magic takes place!