This Ocean has Digital Tropical Fish
I truly enjoy watching a freshwater or marine tropical fish tank. I also spend hours on the computer everyday working both on this blog and our information site at Freshwater Tropical Fish Tanks. When I leave the desk, it soon goes black. Unfortunately the various screensavers presently on offer leave a lot to be desired in their use of digital tropical fish. In most cases a limited amount of fish are offered and they stay pretty much in the same place.
Here in Canada, on the satellite feed, we have an aquarium channel that shows a relatively long loop of an aquarium and adds some [classical] music. It is a nice diversion; at least for a few minutes. But, there is little change in the scene over time except the movements of the fish as they move in and out of the camera shot. The lighting also varies as the water at the top moves, but otherwise, there is little in it that adds ongoing interest.
Just released is a truly different screen saver program. It also has a very important social agenda as well. This free download offers a streaming commentary in the lower right that connects people together through the fish they watch in their “ocean”. It is a constantly changing and evolving program with quite a number of different environments. These are offered in very high quality animated images.
Animated Digital Tropical Fish now swim the worlds oceans
The oceans have finally become part of the social media revolution.
The world’s first social digital ocean to download, explore, and share.
Inspired by the world’s oceans, theBlu is a living and breathing digital art exhibit of ocean habitats and species, created by artists and developers from all over the world
The program is essentially a screensaver, but it is also a freestanding application that can be called anytime you need a little time to think or just relax. It is free to download from theBlu website. It installed effortlessly on my Windows 7 system. When you have theBlu installed, You can watch as a guest, or join the community. You get an instant 100 credits as soon as you join.
I guess you can watch as a guest, but I loved the look so much, I simply joined.
This product is presently in beta, and will work fine just as downloaded.
The product has a social conscious as well! There is a social mission integrated, to provide funds to oceanographic groups helping to save this fragile environment. You use credits to purchase you own personal digital tropical fish. The first hundred are given free when you join the community, I used them to purchase 5 fish right away. After those are spent, you can get other fish, or open different habitats by buying more credits.
25% of the sales are given to the artists who make the fish, there are special fish to purchase that also provide 25% of the proceeds to the various non-profits that are recognized and supported by theBlu. Scripps oceanographic institution, Mission Blues, Ocean Elders and Wild Aid are included as cause collaborators.
There is a “pro version” that opens a lot more ocean habitats and fish species. But the shots you see are from my standard free account. If you love marine habitats and species, or want a very interesting variation of a screen saver, I highly recommend researching this new twist on a social site that can make a difference to our ocean’s health.