February 1, 2020

Leading on the Peabody Museum Project is Collin Morét, who is working to change the museum going experience. So far, they have worked mainly with the Looking Glass, a hologram projection unit, but they have also worked with photogrammetry, 3D scanning, and HD photography. Back in August, Collin and a group of others from Blended Reality got together to get various footage of a diorama on the third floor of the museum. The main subjects in there are a pair of big horn sheep. Taking the glass away, the group was able to go inside the diorama to get data from all different angles.

There were also smaller artifacts in the diorama, including a snake, Gila monster, centipedes, ptarmigan, and rosy finch. Morét created 3D models of a few of these artifacts: the ptarmigan and the finch, and then brought those into the Looking Glass. Using Unity, he hopes to explore the things that can be done with motion capture and allows the audience to move around the object.

The 3D printing has multiple usages as the museum is looking to change out the original artifacts with 3D models that have been designed and carefully painted to mirror the originals. With beetles and time eating away at the specimen, the museum hopes to permanently preserve these sights for their audience with the help of these 3D models. Going a step further, the museum also hopes to put these 3D models online to allow the audience to get a taste of what they would be looking at when they arrive at Peabody. They even hope to use Virtual Reality in the museum itself to allow audiences to just put on a headset and see what it would be like to be inside the dioramas!

The future for Peabody and VR is bright as they continue to expand the number of ways they hope to incorporate these technologies. From preserving history to bringing the museum to the individual, Peabody is enhancing the viewers experience to new levels!