Everyone can use a little pick-me-up or inspiration once in a while. And, if you’ve been down in the dumps, looking to improve family relationships or want to exercise more, a new iPhone app from Seattle startup Mindbloom is here to help.
We wrote about Mindbloom back in September when co-founder Chris Hewett and crew released its “social life game focused on health and wellness.”
Now, the iPhone app incorporates elements of the service by allowing users to create a free “digital inspiration,” complete with soothing music and photos from one’s personal collection. The “Blooms” — as the inspirational messages are called — can be shared with others via social networks or email.
But one of the more interesting features is that you can set the photo montages to appear randomly on set days of the week. (For those who don’t like the random notification, you can also program the time of the alert).
I played around with app tonight, and secretly set up an inspirational Bloom on my wife’s phone. (We’ll see how that turns out when the alert arrives some time tomorrow).
It’s pretty easy to use, allowing users to dig into their photo and musical collections in order to create a personalized greeting, reminder or daily pick-me-up. (In that regard, the app is a bit like Redmond’s Smilebox, which was acquired by IncrediMail earlier this year).
“Photos and music are a powerful way to express ourselves and to share experiences, but we believe there’s an untapped opportunity to use photos, music and inspiring words to remind ourselves and express to others what matters most to us and what we’re doing about it,” notes Hewett.