National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) fellow Diana Marques helped create an augmented reality experience for the museum. This recently released mobile app is called “Skin and Bones.” The free app is available for download in the Apple App Store and reinvents how visitors to the museum can experience select specimens on view in its historic “Bone Hall,” an exhibit of almost 300 vertebrate skeletons.
In the app, 13 different skeletons on display come to life through the advanced technologies of 3-D augmented reality and 3-D tracking. The app adds details to many of the specimens to show how they move or look in life or how their skeletons work.
In this video Diana talks about the development of the application and why it was the perfect fit for this exhibit.