The Dutch government is sponsoring Nonprofit’s cruelty-free, therapeutic VR experience
Nonprofit Organization The Dolphin Swim Club use virtual reality to re-create the therapeutic experience of swimming with dolphins
A Dutch Nonprofit Organization The Dolphin Swim Club has developed a 360-degree VR experience that delivers dolphin therapy to the participants.
The therapeutic VR experience is enabled with the VR Headset.
The person behind The Dolphin Swim Club is Marijke Sjollema and her husband Benno Brada.
Speaking about her project, Sjollema told Digital Trends:
To be actually swimming, while watching the wild dolphins in VR, adds to the total immersion of the experience.
Even I, who directed the film, had moments where I was fooled by the VR, and found myself acting like I was in the water with real dolphins.
The water adds two elements to the VR experience. [For one,] sound is transmitted very differently.
Because the world of dolphins is very acoustic, we paid a lot of attention to that. The other is the water’s magnifying effect that expands the field of view.”
For now, the Dolphin Swim Club is using Samsung S7 smartphone, mounted on diving goggles with 3D-printed elements as a makeshift VR headset.
According to a research swimming with dolphins can have a positive therapeutic effect on the humans, more significantly on the people with disabilities.
So far in the testing stages, the VR dolphin therapy have very impressive and positive impact.
As per the one participant, VR dolphin therapy made him completely forget the severe pain in his arm.
While many other describe it peaceful and soothing.
The Dutch government has funded this project with 50,000 euro ($59,000).