LAFAYETTE SCIENCE MUSEUM TO PERMANENTLY HOUSE LIFE-SIZED AUGMENTED REALITY DINOSAURS
Serving as a gateway into the universe of discovery, the Lafayette Science Museum offers an entertaining, hands-on experience for curious minds of all ages. As part of its continuous efforts to implement the latest technologies, interactive experiences and immersive education, the museum has “adopted” some life-sized, animated 3D dinosaurs and wild animals in a groundbreaking large-screen AR experience developed by INDE.
The museum is providing a permanent home for INDE’s BroadcastAR system, an immersive experience that brings photo-realistic 3D creatures inside the museum, allowing people to observe them and interact with them in real time. The Augmented Reality exhibit will get visitors up-close and personal with some amazing creatures – including extinct ones – as they step in front of the giant AR screen installed at the museum. SnapShare, the system’s built-in photo-sharing module, automatically captures the most exciting moments for users to browse through and share via social media.
“Since Virtual Reality is such an isolated, singular experience, Augmented Reality allows groups of folks to come in here and experience the same thing at the same time. We’re going to add some information about every one of the animals and the dinosaurs, to turn what’s an entertaining moment into an educational moment, call it edutainment,” said Kevin B. Krantz, Director of the Lafayette Science Museum, adding “We’re a museum with a ton of history, but we’re focused on the future and continuing to grow into something that you don’t want to miss.”
As an increasing number of institutions and companies in education and entertainment are looking at innovative ways to provide unforgettable experiences to their audiences, Augmented Reality has become one of the most sought-after technologies today, due to its ability to engage, educate and entertain in an entirely new and unique way.
Since 2011, UK company INDE has built AR systems worldwide for clients such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Institution, Beijing Aquarium, Universal Studios, BBC, 20th Century Fox and Coca-Cola.
INDE currently operates offices in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Budapest and Los Angeles.
Learn more about INDE’s large-screen and mobile Augmented Reality experiences here.
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