Wednesday, April 2, 2008

3D Scanners for Paleontology

Browsing through the pages of the Arts and Humanities E-Science Support Centre, I came across a really cool project: a 3D colour scanner.

This is what their short write-up states: "

E-Curator : 3D colour scans for remote object identification and assessment

This project will use University College London's collections and state of the art 3D colour scanner, which can revolutionize the traditional methods in museums and archives based on text and images. The project envisions to use 3D recording to describe artefacts as a whole. This method will offer yet unknown details and insights into the object's structure. Such 3D scans could then help with the identification of degraded surfaces. They would allow comparisons of whole three-dimensional objects. As a proof-of-concept, six artefacts will be 3D-scanned and stored at UCL and federated sites."

Wouldn't this be a really useful application for sharing paleontological collections without actually having to move anything physically?

Is anybody using this technology already in paleontology? I am curious to find out more.

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