Encounter Australia’s polar dinosaur in a ground-breaking Virtual Reality x 3D experience

Posted 15 March 2018

A polar dinosaur who roamed the Otway Ranges (Victoria) some 106 million years ago is the subject of a ground-breaking Virtual Reality x 3D palaeontology experience, opening at the National Wool Museum in Geelong on Friday 16 February 2018.

The ambitious exhibition, called “The Little L Project” has brought together the National Wool Museum, Deakin University, PrimeSci, and Museums Victoria to develop a ‘mixed reality’ museum experience, blending the physical and digital world for the first time.
Director of the CADET Virtual Reality Laboratory at Deakin University, Dr Ben Horan said that people will be able to interact with the ‘Little L’ polar dinosaur, otherwise known as Leaellynasaura amicagraphica (pronounced: lee-alley-na-saura am-me-ca-graph-i-ca).
“We have pushed the boundaries to not only allow people to interact with ‘Little L’ in Virtual Reality, but to be able to simultaneously touch a 3D printed Leaellynasaura,” said Dr Horan.

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“The Little L Project experience will also track people’s hand gestures, allowing people to choose the colour of Little L’s skin. It’s really just the beginning of where this technology can lead – the possibilities for future development are mindboggling.”
The ‘Little L’ polar dinosaur roamed the vast river valley that spread from Australia to Antarctica, and was the size of a small wallaby.

Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, Bruce Harwood described the pilot research project collaboration, as a ‘must experience’ exhibition.
“Not only is this a fantastic experience, but the technology involved in bringing the exhibit to life was developed right here in Geelong.” said Mayor Harwood.
“Make sure you get along to the National Wool Museum before Sunday 15 April 2018 to see how Geelong’s leading the way in this space.”

Exhibition Dates: Friday 16 February – Sunday 15 April 2018

Location: National Wool Museum – 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong, Victoria 3220
More info: www.nwm.vic.gov.au or 03 5272 4701

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