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June 2019



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Institute: University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)
Researchers: Dr. Wim Veling
Start of the research: 2015
Current status: Publication pending

UMCGIn 2018, patients from the psychiatric ward of the UMCG participated in a pilot study. Their feedback was that Virtual Reality is a suitable method to help relaxation. They would welcome more content, so patients can decide for themselves which environment they want to escape to. Interactivity was also highly noted. March 2018 saw the start of new research. Psychiatric patients will start watching the Wild Dolphin VR content from the comfort of their own home for ten consecutive days. They could swim with the dolphins as often as they desired. Next to the relaxing content, they will receive ten days of basic relaxation exercises. This way, we can compare the effect of both methods. In 2019, we want to expand the study to different focus groups. 

'S Heeren Loo

‘S Heerenloo

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Institute: ‘S Heeren Loo
Start of the research: 2018
Current status: Publication Pending

's Heeren Loo

Image: ‘S Heeren Loo

Early 2019 the latest study with 50 patients shows a very positive outcome of treatment by Virtual Reality compared by regular, validated relaxation exercises. The outcome of this study will be published later in 2019.

‘s Heeren Loo, a Dutch mental health institution, dedicated to the lifelong support of over 10,000 clients with a mental disorder conducted a study with mild mentally disabled patients, suffering from severe stress complaints. Although the number of patients was rather small (below 15) the outcome was beyond expectations, showing that in 82% of the cases there was a significant improvement in relaxation and well-being realized. The individual stories of some of the participants were overwhelming, and an extra motivation for both the crew of the Dolphin Swim Club and the medical staff of ‘s Heeren Loo to intensify the collaboration by installing a dolphin-room at the premises, as well as providing the Wild Dolphin UnderwaterVR in various aqua therapies.

Stanford Chariot Program

Research: Stanford Chariot Program

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Research qeustion: Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology
Institute: The CHARIOT Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Researchers: Samuel Rodriguez (MD), Thomas Curaso (MD, MEd), Stephanie Chao (MD), Ellen Wang (MD), Laura Simons (PhD), Linda Anh Nguyen (MD), Ana Vanessa Wren (PhD), Christine Be (MS, CCLS), Molly Pearson (CCLS), Veronica Tuss (MS, CCLS)
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Current status: XXXX

The CHARIOT team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford knows that undergoing surgery, anaesthesia and procedures can be especially stressful for children. The goal of the program is to implement new technologies in the hospital that are nontraditional yet familiar to children in an effort to engage and distract them during these times. The focus is on taking existing technologies and creating new ones to address the unique needs of individual patients.

The Stanford environment offers a unique opportunity to create a team of physicians, engineers, researchers and child life professionals. The team is currently piloting virtual reality experiences such as swimming with Wild Dolphins, new tablet-based apps and interactive bedside projector-based games.

[Tekst van de website van Stanford Chariot Program, Onderzoekstatus van de website]

Het huis dat met je hersenen speelt

Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture: Het huis dat met je hersenen speelt

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Leeuwarden is not only the home base of the Dolphin Swim Club. In 2018, it was the Cultural Capital of Europe as well.
The event is an excellent opportunity for celebrating and highlighting local art. So naturally, when we were asked to participate in one of the first interactive expositions in the area of e-Mental Health and innovation, we couldn’t say no.

Het huis dat met je hersenen speelt

Het Huis dat met je hersenen speelt (the house that tricks your brain) is a collaboration between Jamzone and different parties from the North of the Netherlands. All professionals and pioneers in the area of healthcare, innovation and digital technologies. The house itself is an architectural masterpiece, where psychology, serious gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and design go hand in hand with healthcare. All innovations in the house are focussed on positive influence on the brain. 

Dolphins in Leeuwarden

 Hier een kleine omschrijving van de expositie van the Dolphin Swim Club.

VR goggles

Customised VR-goggles for World Animal Protection and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI)

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Fishing gear can be lost at sea for many reasons. This ‘ghost gear’ continues to fish and entangles and kills wildlife. Fishing gear now makes up over 10% of all marine debris. With 640.000 tonnes of fishing gear lost in our oceans every year, the ghost gear problem is growing dramatically. But, people everywhere are becoming part of the solution.

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI)

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative is a global initiative for bringing players together from all over the world. The oceans have no borders, so what happens in Indonesia might affect people elsewhere in the world. In 2015, the World Animal Protection started off with the idea that the GGGI as a concept, could tackle the problem of ghost gear worldwide. The GGGI unites those committed to Reduce, Remove and Recycle ghost gear and Rescue impacted wildlife. 

Dedication to bringing dolphins and people together

Through our Virtual Reality content, we aim to bring people back in touch with nature, and especially cetaceans. Our UnderwaterVR goggles will be produced from recycled ghost nets. In doing so, we hope to inspire people and create awareness about this huge problem. 

Customised VR-goggles

The Dolphin Swim Club partnered with the World Animal Protection to raise funds and awareness for the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. To thank people for their donation, we created customised carton VR-goggles and two shorts from our Seal it with a Kiss and Wild Dolphin VR films.

VR goggles

Rotary Club: Isa swimming with virtual dolphins

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Meeting Isa was a very special experience for us.
Isa, a very positive young teenager, suffers from a serious muscle disorder.
She had a long-cherished wish: to swim with dolphins in the wild.

Together with Rotary Koggenland, a community service organisation in the Netherlands, we organised an experience she will never forget.
Many thanks to Isa and her family, Rotary Koggenland, Anneke Koeckhoven, Rosalien van Dolder, Alex and of course our wild dolphin friends.


Seal it with a kiss

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After the success with our dolphins, we decided to record a 360 degrees Virtual Reality experience with seals. We produced the film together with our partners from VIEMR at the Dutch seal rescue centre in Pieterburen. The seals in this video are released back into the wild as soon as their treatment is over.


Children in the hospital will especially enjoy this footage. It’s not easy to be young and hospitalized.
We hope to provide a sense of comfort when children see the seals in a similar hospital setting.

Six lenses

We shot the video using specialised gear, including a camera with six lenses. We opted to film rescue seals as the water in their home – the Wadden Sea – is too dark and visibility isn’t great. Besides, it’s a real challenge to find so many curious seals in the wild.


Nevertheless, filming this special wasn’t easy. You can’t tell seals what to do or where to look.
Yet we still managed to present the viewer with a sense of interactivity when watching the film using VR-goggles.
There are some curious seals, so we managed to shoot some awesome scenes.