HoloLens 2 by Microsoft has already found several high-profile customers. The device seems to be on a great run in the market, from the US Army deploying a modified version for special missions to numerous businesses using it for countless enterprise use cases.
It recently found an application somewhat away from the business world as many studios are looking to expand the boundaries of entertainment through the device. The latest innovation is an immersive trip through time.
Recently, the National Museum of Natural History (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) in Paris unveiled a new immersive exhibit called Relive Extinct Animals In Augmented Reality (Revivre, Les Animaux Disparus En Réalité Augmentée) that exclusively uses the HoloLens 2.
The exhibit aims to enable the visitors to interact with several extinct animals species such as the saber-toothed cat (aka saber-toothed tiger, or Smilodon), the dodo bird (raphus cucullatus), the Rodrigues giant tortoise, the elephant bird, the great auk (pinguinus impennis), and six others.
In addition to highlighting our planet’s natural history, the museum is looking to promote the conservation of many endangered species through the exhibit.
Paris-based immersive team SAOLA Studio has co-produced the 15-minute AR experience. It also features audio narration and a 3D-rendered migrating pigeon that would act as your virtual guide throughout the experience.
The exhibit was first unveiled on June 16 and has now been included in the museum’s permanent collection. However, visitor access is still limited to Wednesdays, weekends, and school holidays.
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