Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum Opens September 3 - Augmented Reality to Flesh Out Prehistoric World

GRANDE PRAIR IE, AB, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will celebrate opening its doors to the public for the first time on September 3, 2015 with a free open house from 4:00PM to 10PM. The Museum will remain open from this date onward, with many additional displays being added throughout the month of September. The grand opening is set for September 26 th, 2015 culminating in the Amber Ball Grand Celebration in the evening. (Tickets: www.Dinomuseum.ca)

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In addition to five newly named dinosaurs from Alberta on display that have never before been seen as reconstructions, the museum focuses on the diversity of life in the nearby Wapiti Formation ecosystem. Using the recent discoveries and current understanding of the botany, geology, climate and geography of the Grande Prairie region during the Cretaceous era, visitors are guided through the process of reconstructing the ancient environment of the dinosaurs and shown the decades of research work that goes into understanding the make-up of extinct ecosystems.

The museum exhibits are designed to immerse visitors in an interactive virtual dinosaur-driven environment with enhanced augmented features using computer aided screens that pan over suspended articulated dinosaur skeletons:

  • A dinosaur skeleton can be "fleshed out" with a click of an icon on a tablet device
  • Another click may add an entire ecosystem around the dinosaur from the Jurassic, Triassic, Cretaceous and Devonian periods.
  • Multiple platforms mounted on the mezzanine level overlook the main gallery and the skeletal installations mounted on to the floor as well as the ceiling.
  • Visitors can pan the tablet over to the articulated skeletal forms of various species of dinosaurs and click on hotspots to activate them.
  • Technology overlays custom created computer generated special effects and animation.
  • The rocking arm of the tablets also allows for relational motion and co-linking of layered content seamlessly.
  • Down in the galleries, giant jumbo screens offer a fractal imagery of a chase scene involving herds of pachyrhinosaurus, hadrosaurs and the carnivorous gorgosaur.
  • The virtual interactive exhibit experience extends on to the helicopter rides (the only museum in Canada to offer this experience) over the world's densest bone-bed with layered content on the history and discoveries.