The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, Alberta, Canada, is putting augmented reality (AR) systems into place to give its displays even more impact, realism and immersion when it opens its doors for the first time this Thursday.
The museum will have five newly named dinosaurs on display along side the museums main focus on the diversity of life in the nearby Wapiti Formation ecosystem.The museum has designed its exhibits to really immerse visitors in a virtual dinosaur-driven environment with enhanced interactive augmented features which include:
- A dinosaur skeleton can be “fleshed out” with a click of an icon on a tablet device
- Another click may add an entire ecosystem around the dinosaur from the Jurassic, Triassic, Cretaceous and Devonian periods.
- Multiple platforms mounted on the mezzanine level overlook the main gallery and the skeletal installations mounted on to the floor as well as the ceiling.
- Visitors can pan the tablet over to the articulated skeletal forms of various species of dinosaurs and click on hotspots to activate them.
- Technology overlays custom created computer generated special effects and animation.
- The rocking arm of the tablets also allows for relational motion and co-linking of layered content seamlessly.
- Down in the galleries, giant jumbo screens offer a fractal imagery of a chase scene involving herds of pachyrhinosaurus, hadrosaurs and the carnivorous gorgosaur.
- The virtual interactive exhibit experience extends on to the helicopter rides (the only museum in Canada to offer this experience) over the world’s densest bone-bed with layered content on the history and discoveries.
The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will open its doors to the public on September 3, 2015 for free, between 4:00PM to 10PM. After which the museum will continue to remain, with further displays being added throughout September. The museum will then have a grand opening on 26th September, 2015, culminating in the Amber Ball Grand Celebration in the evening, with tickets from $295 CAD on its website.
VRFocus will continue to report on all aspects of augmented reality (AR) and bring you the latest announcements.