“Dinosaur content sells in many forms. What we are after is to bring a Tyrannosaurus rex so close to real life that it is scary. Equally important is to immerse people in the wonderful world of dinosaurs and in what scientists like Jack now think about how dinosaurs really looked and behaved. Microsoft’s HoloLens dinosaurs, created by Jack and Microsoft’s design and 3D-design team, give us whole new impressions of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops - one with lots of feathers, the other colored like a parrot. Jack’s dinosaur stories and ideas are endless; today’s (and tomorrow’s) technologies are the perfect tools to tell them as never before. “
In this project I worked closely with noted paleontologist Jack Horner to create life-sized representations of his ideas about what the Tyranosaurus and Triceratops looked like within HoloLens for public viewing at the Burke Museum. Jack had very solid and distinct ideas based in fossil evidence and avian evolution informing his vision for the dinosaurs, making them look wildly different from most representations seen today.
Fossil photogrammetry was used to give rough dimensions and accurate scale.