AFP – Swimming with wild dolphins is something most can only dream of, and jumping into pools with captive animals has become increasingly controversial with environmentalists condemning it as cruel. But a Dutch non-profit believes it has found a way to bring people, especially the disabled, closer to such a joyful experience through the technological, immersive advances offered by virtual reality (VR).Watch video
VR as therapy,’The human brain can easily be fooled‘, Sjollema says. A virtual reality experience with wild dolphins, for the brain it equals to the real experience. The therapeutic value as well. (language:Dutch)Read full article Download PDF
Nice surprise! we found that the wild dolphins of the Dolphin Swim Club have found their way to meet Sarah. Luckily we came across her beautiful story on the internet. We are all touched by her encounter, enjoy.
The company Flix Films based in the UK were fortunate enough to meet Sarah Ezekiel through the MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association), Sarah has lived with MND for over 16 years and has a form of MND that means she has minimal body movement. She communicates via ‘Tobii Eye Gaze’ technology and has used her illness to inspire and pioneer technology benefitting others with limited movement. Sarah was asked if there were any experiences she wished she’d had – her reply was ‘I always wanted to swim with dolphins’.
This is the unlikely story of an artist and her husband. Together, this couple from Leeuwarden works on a project where virtual wild dolphins help patients to relief real pain or anxieties. Their ‘Dolphin Swim Club’ is well on its way to positively touch the lives of many Europeans and Americans. (language: Dutch)Read Full Article Download PDF
Over 150 Hospitals and healthcare institutions worldwide provide Wild Dolphin VR (Virtual Reality) therapy by the Dolphin Swim Club. This Dutch/Swedish initiative proves to be successful for adults and children suffering from mental disabilities or autism. (language:Dutch)Read Full Article
VR-Nerds mentioned the Dolphin Swim Club as the highlight of the VR Days 2017 in Amsterdam. The team showed a converted container in the hall, which served as a swimming tank. There was also a dressing room, swimwear provided, and a VR experience to snorkel with wild dolphins. ‘Well, we quickly changed into our Baywatch costumes and entered the cool water’. (language: German)Read Full Article
Erivan Dantas (VR360degrees) visits -the Dolphin Swim Club- swimming tank, and a bunch of other really cool new VRStuff. Check out his 360°VR impression of the VR Days Europe in Amsterdam.Watch Full VR Item
AP’s video report on the VRDays in Amsterdam. Starting with the Wild Dolphin Waterproof VR Swimming tank by the Dolphin Swim Club. Followed by lots of other cool stuff. (A short interview with Marijke Sjollema and a ‘test pilot swimmer’ starting at 0:42)
The ‘5 Hour live’ discussed our project in this small but wonderful item on their show. With comments of expert Jade Vening, of the Dutch Fund for the handicapped. (language: Dutch)Watch Full Item