3D Laser Scanning in a Scottish Museum

Walk into the virtual world of a maritime museum

Technology has not only changed the way we gather information but how we share information with each other. As it evolves and advances to new stages, many fields have adopted this technology, understanding the benefits they could receive from it.

The Scottish Maritime Museum started using 3D laser scanning last year to create a way for anyone who has the interest to view their artifacts. For instance, this museum has created and allowed users and access to a cat’s head. This cat head is an artifact found on the Dumbarton ship. The object was gifted to the museum in 1987, and now they have decided to share it with the world.

Not only has this museum adopted 3D laser scanning, but they have used the scans to create virtual reality tours of historic vessels. Users who log onto the website have the option to view inside multiple ships at a full 360° as well as unusual artifacts that they may never have the chance to walk in and see.

Changing museums

3D laser scanning can be one of the best technologies for museums to adopt because it allows guests to interact with an object in ways they could not do physically. It will enable the user to observe an artifact from any angle they wish. As well as from any distance they choose.

This technology could also allow guests from across the world to access what any museum has to offer. Someone from Arizona in the U.S. could open up a new window on their laptops and walk into the virtual world of the Scottish Maritime Museum. Any guest from anywhere could go in to view a specific gallery they find interesting.

Why it’s useful technology

Not only does 3D laser scanning allow people to interact with historical artifacts in a different way. It allows for various details to be highlighted. This technology is incredibly accurate and precise. No researcher will ever have to worry about creating a 3D model or replica that is missing any details.

3D laser scanning allows a device to take rapid pictures of an object, sometimes collecting thousands of images per second. These images contain information like texture, size, and color. It can pick up small little cracks that can be fully visible to study after it is transferred to a partnering system.

This technology creates a free way for people to learn about history and can be shared with anyone who has an interest. Not all museums are adopting 3D laser scanning at a rapid pace but slowly is it gaining traction.

Final thoughts

3D laser scanning allows museums to create virtual worlds and replicas based around history. It enables them to preserve digital copies, and share amongst people across the globe. It is one of the best ways to create replicas without harming an object.

Once this technology gains more adoption globally, more museums will start using 3D laser scanning. This will change the way we view and interact with museums around the world, and will preserve our history for future generations.

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