Thanks to a web request from Dr. Lori Collins, Co-Director of the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST), we got to spend a wonderful day at the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. AIST sort of sounds like a George Lucas creation, although I think he would have swapped Intergalactic for Integrated.
And this wonderful team of scientists, researchers, and techies is the group you want helping you preserve and protect cultural and natural heritage sites, whether they are on this planet or another. The department is working to educate and inspire archaeologists, conservation/preservation professionals, and others interested in heritage management about the ways that 3D technology, especially laser scanning, can help keep important sites better managed and protected.
We met Lori at the FARO Headquarters meetup in Lake Mary (north of Orlando) a few days before we went to visit her on the USF campus in Tampa Bay, Florida. There we heard field reports of all their amazing projects. On campus, we met with research students doing work to model artificial coral reefs, to find ways to use Autodesk 123D Catch or ReCap with Google Glass, and a host of other cool, inspiring projects. We were shown one of the labs, complete with CNC Machine and Stratasys uPrint 3D printer.
Below, in the short video, TechnoArchaelogist and USF Research Associate, Joe Evans, is hacking some code to turn the 3DRV t-shirt icon into a readable image that, when scanned with the appropriate smartphone app, will allow someone to read my son's blog: mini3DRV.com. As you can see in the short video, as Joe scans the shirt, the blog shows up on the screen. One of the photo gallery images shows a whiteboard with some amazingly hip bumper stickers on it... "I Made My Other Car" which you can get if you visit us at Booth 200 at AU this year.
Florida is home to some serious explorers and techies. George Lucas would be proud.
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