The purpose of i-blueCulture is to offer an insurmountable "dry" experience of underwater reality to the visitor with the possibility of augmented reality elements within a geo-mentioned marine space and "within", as well as in a museum or visitor information center on land.
where the ability to "navigate" within a live relayed underwater image will be provided.
The i-blueCulture project is implemented in the framework of the RESEARCH - CREATE - INNOVATE Action and is co-financed by the European Union and national resources through the OP. Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EPANEK).
The project started in November 2020 and is expected to be completed in April 2023 and involves the Skopelos Diving Center, CERTH, the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Technical University of Crete, and Arx.net.
The purpose of the project in which the Skopelos Diving Center participates together with CERTH, IENAE, NCSR Demokritos, and the Planet Blue Dive Center is the development of an underwater ROV with tactile arms (u-archaeoROV),
stereoscopic cameras and projectors as well as interfaces with which it will be possible to control by a remote operator as well as communication with the diver. The remote-operated submarine (u-
archaeoROV) will be able to approach ancient shipwrecks or other underwater sites or submerged objects to a depth that a diver researcher / archaeologist cannot reach and operate effectively. Purpose of u-
archaeoROV is the support of marine archaeological research review and excavation in collaboration with either marine archaeologists or independently with only remote-controlled operation from the support vessel.
The project u-
archaeoROV is implemented in the framework of the RESEARCH - CREATE - INNOVATE Action and is co-financed by the European Union and national resources through the OP. Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EPANEK).
The project started in October 2021 and is expected to be completed in April 2024.
PADI Aware - Dive Against Debris Surveys
Reshape Plastic Skopelos
The Skopelos Diving Center coordinates the pilot project "Reshape Plastic Skopelos", which concerns the local management of some of the plastic waste collected on the island, for the purpose of their mechanical recycling through the use of Low-cost open source machines of the PreciousPlastic community for reproduction-processing of this recyclable material into simple and useful objects. The "Reshape Plastic Skopelos" proposal was approved, along with 11 other innovative projects from all Mediterranean countries, by Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed),
which for the 5th consecutive year strengthens small-scale initiatives but with escalating prospects against plastic pollution.
The project started in May 2021 and will last 18 months and is funded by Beyond Plastic MED.
iSea is an environmental organisation founded in 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Their goal is to preserve the aquatic habitats, including the fauna and flora, which inhabit them through research, raising awareness and the promotion of conservation policies. Sporades Diving has carried out numerous dives and trash collections on both Skopelos and Alonnisos and the unique iSea bagsalso indicate the recycling containers at our dive centers.
Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) are one of the latest state-of-the-art technologies supporting the research and recording of the underwater wealth of our seas. The ROV vehicles concern all portable devices operated by specialized operators during underwater surveys, collecting digital data that are used for the more accurate and efficient processing and publication of the final findings of the survey.
"Coupons to strengthen cooperation between Creative and Tourism Industry" from the Center for Business and Cultural Development (KEPA) at framework of the 'CCI4TOURISM' project
The project involves the creation of an alternative Augmented Reality (AR) Leaflet with accompanying smartphone application. The creation of the AR leaflet is an innovative proposal for the promotion of diving destinations and tourism, following current trends for the integration of technology and Creative Industries in tourism. EnaliaTec in collaboration with Skopelos Dive Center has developed a modern marketing tool that aims to promote the services provided by the diving center and at the same time highlight Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage, which is not easily accessible to the public. The AR leaflet consists of a printed version in English and Greek, which is accompanied by a mobile application available on Google Play and App Store.
The Augmented Reality Leaflet was developed through an Open Call for Voucher Grants in the framework the project ‘CCI4TOURISM – Strengthen entrepreneurial skills of Cultural and Creative Industries for the valorization of cultural heritage and the development of sustainable tourism models in the Adriatic-Ionian regions”, which is implemented under the Interreg ADRION Programme by KEPA.