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Blending art and science to create therapeutic VR experiences – XRDC

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XRDCFor their second annual Innovation in VR & AR for Healthcare Report, XRDC interviewed several experts, like veteran game developer and former Chief Game Designer at Google Noah Falstein, USC Institute for Creative Technologies R&D director Arno Hartholt and founder of the Dolphin Swim Club Marijke Sjollema, about cutting-edge topics like how VR is being used in healing, drug discovery, and neuroscience.

Laval Virtual – Télé Loisirs

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PictureIn anticipation of the Laval Virtual show that will be held from March 20 to 24, we look back on an experience that appealed to the public and the press during the last edition: the project Wild dolphin UnderwaterVR. A therapeutic dive with virtual dolphins!
The Laval Virtual conference will take place from March 20 to 24, 2019. Days dedicated to the general public on the weekend of March 23 and 24.
Language: French

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UnderwaterVR helps patients around the world – SNN

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Marijke Sjollema When 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 successfully 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.’
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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.
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Tout s’explique – RTLTV

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RTLTV did a report on the Dolphin Swim Club. TV host Thomas van Hamme went swimming with our wild virtual dolphins, in real water. We also visit an operating theatre in the Clinique Saint Jean, where anaesthetist Arnaud Bosteels produces great results in reducing anxiety in young patients, using our Wild Dolphin VR. A great day with a delightful Belgian Crew! The report aired January 2019.

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!

All over the news

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