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November 2017

Swimming with dolphins in VR to aid disabled — AFP

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A girl swims with dolphins in Virtual Reality“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).”
News of our project reached all corners of the world. News agencies from India, the United Arab Emirates, the USA, Indonesia, Lithuania, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Luxembourg, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Australia, Lebanon and Germany all reported on the Dolphin Swim Club.
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Virtual reality as therapy — Het Financieele Dagblad

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Snorkeling with wild dolphinsThe Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad wrote a one-page report on the effectiveness of Virtual Reality on chronic pain treatment and as a relaxation method. The Dolphin Swim Club was mentioned as well. ‘The human brain can easily be fooled‘, says Marijke (founder of the Dolphin Swim Club). ‘Our brain can hardly distinguish a virtual experience from a real one’. Patients no longer have to fly all the way to Curaçao for so-called dolphin therapy, you can take a plunge and swim with the dolphins before going to bed.
Language: Dutch

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VR Therapy with wild dolphins — EenVandaag

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We spent a wonderful day with the EenVandaag crew and the team of handicapped expertise centre ‘s Heeren Loo. EenVandaag is a Dutch current affairs program covering the latest news and background stories from the Netherlands and abroad. ‘s Heerenloo is researching the effect of VR therapy. In 82% of the cases the symptoms improved.

We spent most of our time in the pool in Apeldoorn, where Dion tested our new Wild Dolphin UnderwaterVR. We were all touched by his reaction, and joyful personality.

Language: Dutch | Subtitles: English

Think Outside the Body – Sarah’s Experience

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What a surprise! We discovered that our wild dolphin friends have found their way to meet Sarah. By chance, we came across her beautiful story on the internet. We are all touched by her encounter.

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Flix Films, a company based in the UK, met Sarah through the MNDassociation. Sarah has a type of MND causing minimal body movement. She communicates via Tobii Eye Gaze technology and has used her condition 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? ‘I’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins’.

Virtual dolphins for real pain relief — Leeuwarder Courant

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The Dolphin Swim Club in the Leeuwarder CourantA double page feature in the Leeuwarder Courant! The Leeuwarder Courant is the oldest daily newspaper in the Netherlands. “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 deal with pain and anxiety. The Dolphin Swim Club is well on its way to positively touch the lives of many Europeans and Americans.”
Language: Dutch

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Virtual Reality therapy with dolphins popular in Europe and the US — NZG

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Virtual Reality therapy with wild dolphinsOver 150 hospitals  and healthcare institutions worldwide provide the Dolphin Swim Club’s Wild Dolphin VR therapy. This Dutch / Swedish initiative proves to be successful for adults and children suffering from mental disabilities or autism. Starting this week, 10 Dutch hospitals will use so-called dolphin therapy. But the Dutch initiative is popular in the United States as well. In the Stanford medical centre, children undergoing heart surgery swim with dolphins before the procedure. And the wild dolphin VR has proved popular with patients suffering from chronic pain at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Language: Dutch

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Diving with VR goggles for charity — VR-Nerds

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UnderwaterVR in a tankVR-Nerds mentioned the Dolphin Swim Club as the highlight of the VR Days 2017 in Amsterdam. We installed a converted container in the hall of the exhibition, which served as a swim tank. Naturally, we also brought all other necessary attributes: a changing room, wetsuits and our wild dolphin VR experience. ‘Well, we quickly changed into our Baywatch costumes and entered the cool water’.
Language: German

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VR Days Europe 2017 — VR360degrees

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UnderwaterVR at the VR Days Europe 2017

The VR Days Europe is a 3-day celebration of Virtual and Augmented content, creativity and innovation. The 2017 edition took place in Amsterdam. Visitors enjoyed a compelling range of keynotes, sessions, workshops and seminars with over 120 expert speakers from the worlds of health, tech, business and the arts.

Erivan Dantas (VR360degrees) visited the Dolphin Swim Club showtank. Check out his 360°VR impression of the VR Days Europe in Amsterdam.

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The future of Virtual Reality — Associated Press

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Associated Press released a video report about the VR Days Europe 2017 in Amsterdam. The opening shot? The showtank of the Dolphin Swim Club, where we let visitors swim with wild dolphins using our Waterproof VR goggles. “It was like being submersed in dolphins surroundings. You know its not real, but because of the colour of the film, and the colour of the water you are swimming in, it feels like you are really there.”

 A short interview with Marijke Sjollema and a ‘test pilot swimmer’ starts at 0:42. “It is such a great experience and we wanted everyone in the world to be able to experience this. Especially people that cannot go into the ocean. For example because they are hospitalised or handicapped. There are therapies with dolphins in captivity. We wanted to make a great alternative, so dolphins can stay in their own homes,the free oceans.”
Language: English