Bring extinct animals back to life with AR app voiced by David Attenborough

Date:24 February 2021 Author: Kyro Mitchell

There are many ways to learn about animals that used to roam the Earth before humans were around. Museums, libraries, and countless documentaries and TV shows have been made that show off what our planet was like millions of years ago.

Now, it looks like there is a brand new way to learn about the past, by bringing those ancient animals directly into your home through the power of AR. Museum Alive is an AR application voiced by the one and only David Attenborough that focuses on teaching us about prehistoric life.

The app is somewhat of a continuation of Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive documentary that came out in 2014. In the documentary, Attenborough explores the wonders of the London museum while CGI prehistoric suddenly springs to life around him.

Museum Alive takes this concept and scales it down to fit the form factor of your mobile device by using 3D animated models to bring extinct animals and their natural habitats to life.

There are currently three extinct species users can bring to life. These include the Opabinia, which roamed the Earth during the Paleozoic Era. The dimorphodon, which lived around 189,6 million years ago. Finally, the Smilodon, which was part of the sabre-toothed family and roamed the Earth around 10,000 years ago.

As is the case with most AR applications, users are able to rotate and resize the 3D animated models by simply pinching two fingers.

Museum Alive is currently available on iOS only and will set you back R59,99 to download.


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