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Google Expeditions AR Brings Smithsonian 3D Models into the Home and Classroom via Augmented Reality

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:58 -- DattoriaM
Author: 
Marc Bretzfelder
Image: 
google expeditions screen shots

Capturing the imagination of students who have “seen it all” is an age-old challenge; and fitting emerging technologies into the classroom has long been a hit-or-miss proposition. With Expeditions, Google may have found the Golden Mean, and with the help of the Smithsonian’s rich collections and authoritative scholarship, the app is igniting wonder and curiosity in students around the globe.

Bell X-1 in 3D

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:52 -- sysadmin
Author: 
The National Air and Space Museum
Image: 
Bell X-1 in 3D

In April, the Smithsonian X 3D team pointed their lasers and scanners at the Bell X-1, the same iconic aircraft that shot Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager across the pristine skies of the Mojave Desert to a record-breaking speed. On October 14, 1947, in the Bell X-1, Yeager became the first pilot to fly faster than sound. Now, we can all get as close to the Bell X-1 as Yeager himself with the recently released 3D tour of the exterior of the aircraft.

Coming Soon: Discovery 3D!

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:15 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Dr. Valerie Neal, Chair of the Space History Department, National Air & Space Museum
Image: 
Space Shuttle Discovery

Every week or two we see news of another museum digitizing its collection and making it accessible online. The Smithsonian is no exception, and efforts are under way across our campus to scan artifacts, works of art, documents, and films and put them on our websites. These projects take months if not years to complete, but it is our high priority to open the museums to visitors beyond our walls, and digitization is a key part of our strategy.

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