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3D museums coming soon, says astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson siging a copy of his book ...
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes 3D museums aren't far off. Image via Wikipedia

Pointed out to me by friends at SPIE:

How would you like to walk among the stars without ever leaving Earth? Or cavort among the molecules, get close up to cells or rub shoulders with lions, tigers and bears?

Museumgoers of the future could do all this — possibly within five years — thanks to cutting-edge technology that offers visitors high-quality “3-D vision” without the usual cumbersome goggles.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, believes such technology, which has the potential to turn an afternoon at the museum into a multisensory, memorable educational event, may be one of the hallmarks of such institutions as they move into 21st century.

Tyson, two-time appointee to presidential space commissions, author of nine books and, per People magazine, the sexiest living astrophysicist, will be keynote speaker at Wednesday’s session of the American Association of Museums convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

“They’ll be walking among the lions, and it’s not limited to lions. There will be stars and galaxies. They can walk among the stars. We can project the International Space Station on the dome … and they can go check it out, watch a 3-D space walk in progress.”

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Beth Kelley is a writer and researcher with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.