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Merging fossil specimens with computer-generated information

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5 Author(s)
O. Bimber ; Bauhaus Univ., Weimar, Germany ; S. M. Gatesy ; L. M. Witmer ; R. Raskar
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While dinosaur fossils reveal much, they keep us guessing about the original organisms' color, sound, and behavior. For several years, modern paleontologists have used 3D computer graphics to help reconstruct these pieces of the past. Augmented reality (AR) leverages this technology to provide an interface that enhances the real world with synthetic supplements. Paleontologists can use AR to present virtual data directly within a real, 3D environment rather than on a flat monitor. This technology's immersiveness can give paleontologists new insights into their research and communicate the results to museum visitors in an exciting and effective way.

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Computer  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 9 )