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UnderwaterVR helps patients around the world – SNN

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Marijke SjollemaWhen Benno and Marijke founded the Dolphin Swim Club, they wanted to create extraordinary VR goggles. Benno: ‘These are normal VR goggles. Try them on.’ The sight is breathtaking: floating in the clearest water there are dolphins all around you. ‘But you are sitting in a chair. If you would be in the water, the experience would be even more intense. That’s what we wanted to create. And that was not possible with normal VR goggles.’ The Dolphin Swim Club succesfully applied for funds from SNN for UnderwaterVR goggles. Benno: ‘Thanks to SNN we could fund important research into the commercial viability of our plans, but also if we could use recycled plastics in the production process.’
Language: Dutch

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Innovation in Healthcare – Computable

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UnderwaterVRIn an interview with Computable, Johan Elbers of the Dutch healthcare institution ‘sHeerenloo, explains how he is always looking for new technologies to treat patients with a mental disability. As an innovation manager, he admits that some of the best applications have been developed with the patients’ personal wishes in mind. ‘The possibilities are endless, but do they really help these people? That’s why we always interview our patients first, to discover their needs. Swimming with dolphins is a good example. It’s impossible to take all our patients to Curaçao (a Dutch  and that’s why, with the Dolphin Swim Club, we’re bringing the dolphins to our patients.’
Language: Dutch

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Chronic Pain – U.S. News

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A patient using VR technology.

Initially, Elliott says, she was skeptical about its utility, but she quickly became a believer. She recalls a 9-year-old boy who came into the emergency department suffering from a broken arm after falling off a set of monkey bars. The child was tearing up and trying hard not to cry in front of his father. The boy was provided a VR headset with a relaxation program that showed dolphins swimming underwater. “He was so focused on the visualization we were able to put him in a splint in no time,” Elliott says. “He kept saying, ‘I see the dolphins.’ He got through it without crying.
Language: English

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M6 France | the Wild Dolphin Underwater VR at the 20th Laval Virtual

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The Dolphin Swim Club was invited to take part in the 20th Laval Virtual, one of the most important events in the world about virtual technologies and uses. Five days of great fun! The whole team assisted about 1,400 visitors to swim with the wild virtual dolphins. And about 600 visitors dared to go in the water and experience our Wild Dolphin Underwater VR. Again our dolphin friends managed to enchant many people of all ages. And as a dolphin joke, to finally have people swimming in tanks to meet them, while they themselves stay in their own home, the free oceans of the world.

During the Laval Virtual event, we also received an ACM SIGGRAPH Award. Needless to say, we are super proud of this achievement!

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Above you can watch a report by the French M6 TV Channel. But we received more attention, for example from the Dutch Embassy, Le Courrier de la Mayenne, 20 Minutes, Corps en Immersion, J’ai Un Pote Dans La, LCI, Les NumeriquesInfoglitz and Muséographes. Below, you will find more enthousiastic stories by TV channels, YouTubers and bloggers.

Sparky Thoughts | The medical benefits of virtual animals | by ZoominTV

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Often for an individual with a mental or physical disability, exercise is a challenging topic. But, swimming is not only fun and rewarding, but a great way to keep fit and healthy despite challenges you would normally find with outdoor exercise, or in a gym environment. The wonderful thing about swimming is that in many cases, mobility issues as a result of a disability are often hugely reduced, sometimes almost completely eradicated. The increased freedom of movement is a fantastic experience for anyone who struggles with mobility on solid ground.

Zwemclub Plons is a swimming pool in Brabant (the Netherlands) for people with a disability. The Dolphin Swim Club went for a visit. After we spent a happy, splashy evening in the pool with the swimmers and volunteers of Zwemclub Plons, the team of ZoominTV made this wonderful report: The medical benefits of virtual animals.
Language: Dutch | Subtitles: English

La Réalité Virtuelle au service des malades | TF1- France

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On January 31st 2017, 6.7 million viewers watched the report on the Dolphin Swim Club. We spent two lovely days filming with the crew of TF1. During the second day, we filmed the therapeutic use of the waterproof VR in the pool. We noticed that the camera man, a very experienced underwater filmer, had a dolphin tattoo on his back. Now we knew for sure that the dolphins were in very good hands indeed! A special thanks to Sylvain and Patrique for the wonderful report.
Credits report;  S.Millanvoye, P.Marcellin, E.Duboscq.
Language: French

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.
Language: English

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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’.