David Attenborough’s film on Natural History Museum Alive used CGI to bring to life many extinct animals whose skeletons are in the Natural History Museum of London.
An AR companion app for the movie is now taking those extinct animals out of the museum using augmented reality. By using the Museum Alive AR app, users can watch these extinct animals come to life. Each animation highlights a distinctive extinct animal like a saber-toothed Smilodon tiger, a flying Dimorphoson dinosaur, a five-eyed Opabinina arthropod in its natural habitat. As the scene plays out, users can move their phone around to view different angles of the Dimorphoson as it flies around the user’s living room. In addition to the augmented reality scenes, the Museum Alive app features videos and photos from the Attenborough archives. The augmented reality app is a blend of entertainment and education. The Museum Alive AR app is available for iPhone through the App Store for $2.99, but it is not decided whether it will be released for Android or not.
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