Learn about how the woolly mammoth became extinct while viewing its 3D skeleton.
There’s only so much Zoom schooling students, parents, and teachers can take. But what if, instead of digital whiteboards and virtual hand raising, you could learn about how the woolly mammoth became extinct while viewing its 3D skeleton?
Verizon has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institute to bring to life artifacts from across the trust’s network of museums and galleries. The first wave of experiences includes Helen Keller and companion Anne Sullivan, the Wright Flyer, and a supernova, among others.
“Whether kids have returned to the classroom or are remote learning, we need to think of new ways technology can help them engage with educational content,” Sanyogita Shamsunder, vice president of Verizon’s technology development and 5G Labs, said in a statement. “Activating Smithsonian Open Access is a great step forward toward immersive, interactive, and remote experiences made with the creative community.”
Simply point your phone or tablet at a QR code, and the museum piece will virtually “jump out of your device onto the table,” Verizon boasted. The firm’s 5G Labs and RYOT immersive studio used augmented reality and narrated audio to complement the Smithsonian’s items. “Verizon’s new AR museum,” said Shamsunder, “sets the stage for even more amazing enhancements when paired with the massive bandwidth and low latency of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network”- available now in parts of 55 cities.
Inspired by these historical objects? Sign up for a chance to win a $10,000 commission to build a prototype tool that redefines “the way people visit, interact with, and learn from museums.” Using 2D and 3D digitized collection objects from the Smithsonian Open Access Initiative, up to six selected teams will be invited to develop and test their applications at Verizon’s 5G Labs.
“As our first public commissioning venture for the Interaction Lab, we’re thrilled to be supporting independent creators and teams in creating new digital tools and immersive experiences with Smithsonian’s incredible library of Open Access collections,” Carolyn Royston, CEO of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, said. “Not only does this offer new approaches to engaging new audiences, but also represents a new way of working at Cooper Hewitt.”
Moving forward in the era of COVID-19, the museum expects to continue adding more digital offerings for armchair visitors.
Foto: Scan a QR code to bring museum artifacts to life (Photo via Verizon)
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