Rebuilding the Past With the Future of Technology

Archaeologists seeking a way to peer into bygone eras are turning a 180 to get the job done. Yes, looking forward is often the best way to reconnect with the past. In short, the future of tech is becoming the key to unlocking history. Thanks to new advances in technology and machine learning, scientific disciplines and archaeologists are able to recreate environments like never before. Here are two ways academics are reverse-engineering history with incredible accuracy.

3D Reverse Engineering

When teams uncover ancient artifacts, like the terracotta plaques of central Italy, what fragments do remain require a lot of imagination if you want to see what they used to look like. Or at least, that used to be the case. Thanks to 3D modeling, archaeologists can now turn over their precious finds to specialists who know how to reconstruct the original piece using software. Academics from Ohio to Oxford are using digital tools like Geomagic 3D to first scan dozens of fragments, and then turn them into realistic 3D models. With the aid of 3D capabilities, you can now see exactly what plaques, statues, and other valuable artifacts would have looked like in their original condition.

Virtual Reality

You probably associate virtual reality with video games and smartphone apps. But this promising technology has proven to possess a lot of practical applications. From training medical personnel to offering authentic real estate tours, VR can transport people into all sorts of environments — even those from the past. Companies like Lithodomos VR have begun using virtual reality to recreate sites in places like Athens and Rome. Just put on a pair of VR glasses, and you can be transported to a historical site in its prime.

The visitor experiences at museums and cultural centers around the world are on track to be more engaging and riveting than ever. Thanks to 3D and VR technology, you will feel closer to history than once thought possible. One minute you’ll be perusing the ruins of Rome, and a few minutes later you could be walking the Great Wall of China during construction. The possibilities are endless.


R&D World-Recreating the Past with Virtual Reality

3D Systems-Archeologists Recreate Ancient Italian Artifacts with Geomagic 3D Scanning Software

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Published by Nikki M

Applied Anthropologist and Digital Dance Specialist

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