Virtual reality reaches pools

Virtual reality reaches pools

Marc Tarradas from Sacopa, our special envoy to Silicon Valley last July, has returned and is presenting his project to us.

Marc Tarradas, the winner of the competition Imagine Silicon Valley, is presenting his project to us on the gamification of pools, following a one-month stay in the mecca of innovation.

Entertaining and educating kids in pools. This is the aim of dreamer Marc Tarradas, an employee at Sacopa who together with two colleagues from other companies, worked tirelessly for one month in Silicon Valley in order to integrate new technologies with leisure time in the pool. His initial idea was to bring together the attraction young people have for mobiles and technology with the fresh and dynamic atmosphere of a pool. Once in Silicon Valley, he outlined a project for the gamification of pools.

The biggest challenge facing these three dreamers was making a prototype. “We had to come up with 3D glasses that did not break, that could be submerged in the water and that mixed reality technology could properly display in a water medium”, explained Tarradas. The three team members spent hours, days and nights to obtain a prototype of this experience. “At the beginning, the glasses wouldn’t fit in the diving suit, so we had to take them apart, but finally decided to put them in a bigger plastic box with a transparent window that we built.

The final result: Fluid Reality, a mixed reality experience for pools, whose hardware in the shape of mixed reality glasses with a helmet for digital games in and out of the water. Games with an educational bent, entertainment with connectivity between devices and parental control.

When the project was presented at the Silicon Valley 2017 event in Barcelona, the prototype could be seen trapping plastic bottles at the bottom of the pool to save a turtle.

This is just one example that opened the doors to infinite possibilities. David Tapias, Fluidra’s Head of R&D+i, explained that: “taking part in this kind of initiative enables us to explore future, more disruptive scenarios that could have a major impact on our sector”. About the specific project of the gamification of pools, David Tapias said that “Fluidra is looking into the project in order to be able to decide what steps to take next.”

During the presentation of the project in Barcelona, other disruptive projects by dreamers from the Silicon Valley 2017 programme were also presented, such as the one by the company RACC, which has developed a system so that third parties can manage a home without anyone actually being there. AUDI presented an app for experiencing music concerts through mixed reality, whilst the Imagine Foundation developed Dream Big for running an event to be attended by 10,000 students and teachers to work on creativity.



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