The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has developed an aquaculture simulator which allows users to virtually visit a fish farm.
The project is being undertaken in collaboration with Måsøval salmon farms in Frøya, Sør-Trøndelag.
Monicha Seternes, head of environment and development, Måsøval fish farming industries, said: “We’re working on establishing a centre around the simulator on Frøya, and have ambitions to develop Norway’s first aquaculture simulator for breeding.”
“Combined with an actual visit to a fish farm, a simulator like this will make it possible to experience a breeding cycle that usually takes 14-22 months in about 45 minutes. This is unique, and will give visitors a completely different view of our work than just a visit to a farm would.”
The programme uses Oculus Rift 3D-goggles, where you can look around a virtual reality just by turning your head, and carry out different actions using a video game controller. NTNU said that several large companies are already investing in this type of technology.
The simulator is just the beginning, the researchers say. The plan is to promote the programme as a tool to promote the Norwegian fish farming industry.
Mr Sternes added: “We imagine that this simulator, which call the ‘mini-simulator’ will help with recruiting and building expertise, and make the audience curious enough to want to know more about this fantastic industry that we are a part of.