Museum 3D Digital Revolution


Museum 3D Digital Revolution! – Putting museum collections in the palm of your hand!

The ‘Oxford Dictionary’ definition of a museum is: “A building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited”. However, this definition is about to require some radical alteration that will benefit all of us! 


Museum 3d digital - Creating digital collections for online


Over the past two centuries, museums have traditionally been places where we can marvel at weird and wonderful things from around the world and beyond. They are places where we can learn about history, culture, science and art, all under one roof. However, for most of us, museums are typically a place we might visit once a year on a family day out, or perhaps pop into when we are occasionally passing. Irrespectively, museums are special places where we can be sure of seeing something out of the ordinary, that will inspire our imaginations, be you young or old. The good news is that our typical in-museum experience is unlikely to be changing anytime soon (thank goodness!). However, the even better news is that museums are about to come to you in a very interactive way (Museum 3D Digital).


So What Does A Museum 3D Digital Interactive Model Look Like?

Click the below image to load the VR model (Approx 10 seconds to load). You can then: Rotate & Spin (one finger drag) Zoom IN or OUT (two finger spread) or move the whole model (two finger drag).


Museums around the world are about to go through an amazing transition period that will, quite literally, put museums in the palm of your hand! The wonderful magic behind this transformation is a thing called ‘Museum 3D Digital’. In referring to museum 3D digital, I am actually referring to six key digital elements:


  • 3D digital scanning
  • 3D digital media manipulation
  • The internet/online
  • Latest smartphone technology
  • Social media
  • 3d digital to physical output devices


This group of technologies can be logically linked to form new 3D interactive experiences just about anywhere. Whether you are on your daily rail commute to or from work, relaxing in your garden at the weekend or whatever, museums are about to come to you in a highly interactive and engaging way.


Click the below image to load the VR model (Approx 10 seconds to load). You can then: Rotate & Spin (one finger drag) Zoom IN or OUT (two finger spread) or move the whole model (two finger drag).


So How Does This Museum 3D Digital Stuff Work?

Latest 3D scanning technology enables leading 3D scanning companies like Superscan3D to digitally acquire artefacts and specimens in very high three dimensional detail. In actual fact, we are able to scan objects at sub-millimeter resolution accuracy, and in 24-bit colour. We are then able to convert the acquired 3D scan data into high detail virtual reality 3D digital models. Such models can then be uploaded to the internet and can be viewed and controlled in real-time using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Such interactive content can easily be shared on Facebook and many other social media platforms. Additionally, we can also configure (unlock) certain 3D scans, so that they may be downloaded as 3D model files (If the respective museum has requested this facility and approved IP rights). Such 3D models downloads can be used by 3D printers to generate a physical model (fantastic for schools, universities etc!).


Even Van Gogh’s Doing Museum Online Digital!

A recent event hosted by Facebook Live and the National Gallery, reunited Van Gogh’s 5 only remaining paintings of sunflowers from around the world for the first time. This was apparently viewed by over 7 million people in little under a week (probably a lot more by now). Consider that in over a century, no Curator has managed to assemble these 5 remaining paintings in the same room. This is most probably due to them all being priceless and fragile works of art which are scattered around the world. Hence it was quite something to see them all side-by-side in one space. Here is a link to the Telegraphs article and one to Facebook’s.

This recent Van Gogh example is a good demonstration of how social media can be used by millions of art lovers to appreciate and celebrate this great Artist. 3D Digital Interactive takes the next step, enabling us to interact in real-time with rare artefacts and specimens.

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