Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Visualizing the Aztecs (& More)

It is amazing to watch modern technology evolve. One mind-expanding application of archaeology & computer science is the virtual reconstruction of ancient sites & ruined cities.

Like I said in my last post, ancient cultures are a huge interest of mine. Being able to directly visualize historical scenes around you would be crazy. Imagine having a neural-networked Apple iThink transmitting signals that could link right into your brain's visual system to virtually immerse you in an environment. You could walk around an ancient temple and have a 3d model superimposed on your perspective of the area.

Anyway, that would seem to be one possible outcome of emerging technologies that are being used to re-create lost cultures like the Aztecs and map existing 3D structures using thousands of photos:

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