Northwestern's block museum pioneers augmented reality in the gallery.

Students in a Northwestern University segmented CT data of a 1900 year-old mummy into components of interest.
Students in a Northwestern University, fall 2017 course taught by Professors Marc Walton and Taco Terpstra segmented CT data of a 1900 year-old mummy into components of interest. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science senior Kyle Engelmann, mentored by Professor Oliver Cossairt and PhD candidate Nathan Matsuda, used these data to develop an interactive visualization during an independent study.
Engelmann converted the segmented CT data to a polygon surface representation suitable for real-time display, then developed a rendering model emulating X-ray images. This model, combined with Apple's visual and inertial odometry tools, provides visitors with a hands-on digital window into the internal structure of the mummy.

The technology is on display as part of the exhibition "Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt"on view at the Northwestern University Block Museum.
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