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Swimarium: The virtual reality swimming pool

•, By Stu Robarts

The Swimarium is a design concept in which LED screens are placed all around a pool to create an immersive virtual swimming experience that would let you dive anywhere in the world.

"It is a design concept that we developed from scratch when we were asked by South China Morning Post to design a swimming pool 'out of this world' to be featured in their magazine," explains OVA director Slimane Ouahes. "Instead of designing one more infinity-pool, we tried to explore uncharted waters involving technology and changing forever the swimming experience."

The Swimarium would have each of its sides, its bottom and a ceiling dome all formed of glass with LED screens behind. The screens would be used to show panoramic content from dive sites around the world to give pool users the sense of being there. Video shown could be pre-recorded or, with the right technology, could show live feeds from the chosen sites.

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