Get your swimming trunks ready! The water you jump into is real, the healing effects of swimming with dolphins are real, yet the dolphins are virtual. No animals have been harmed for this therapeutic session.
Text and interview with producer Benno Brada (the Dolphin Swim Club) by Daan de Wit of VR Days Europe.
Dolphin therapy is a long-cherished dream for many people with disabilities. The costs and challenges of traveling may make this impossible. A Dutch couple, Marijke and Benno, can change all that. How? With WaterproofVR goggles, their own wild dolphin 360°VR content and a snorkel.
Film: AD’s reporter Renske Baars (real) swimming with (virtual) dolphins.
As published in the NOMMER by Dutch Investment & Development Agency NOM. The Dolphin Swim Club launched her newest gadget during the VR Days 2017 in Amsterdam: WaterproofVR, where virtual reality is applied in the swimming pool.
‘It’s so great,” says Marijke enthusiastically. ‘If you’re in the water with the waterproof VR glasses , very naturally, one starts to follow the movement of the wild dolphins and swim along.
With this we offer worldwide a serious alternative to the so-called ‘dolphin assisted therapies’ involving dolphins in captivity. In addition, thanks to our new Wild Dolphins WaterproofVR, many more healthcare institutions can offer an unique form of aqua therapy.’ (language: Dutch, page 14/15)Read Full Article on PDF
The Mind can play tricks on your body. Luckily, VR can play tricks right back. This article on the Wired platform explains this new approach of treating patients with chronic pain trough virtual reality. In a recent trial at the hospital Cedars-Sinai, Brennan M. Spiegel, MD gave his patients more than just the regular treatment. They could choose a variety of VR experiences, including the-swimming-with-the-wild-dolphins- content, by the Dolphin Swim Club.Read Full Article