3D Tech to Preserve the Past and Present for the Future

An interesting article on digital 3D modeling to preserve the past and present for future generations.

http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2013/12/can-digital-3d-modeling-preserve-past.html

This has huge potential for not only future generations, but for virtual tours for people who cannot travel to places connected to their family trees. This is an improvement on Google Maps Street View. With Street View, I can get a street level view of the area where my father spent his early childhood. I won’t see the neighborhood how it looked 70 – 80 years ago, but I can see how it looks now. If I could find photographs of the internal and external views of his boyhood home, technology could create a digital 3D image.

I read the below article earlier this year. It is another example of using 3D technology to preserve the past. They are using 3D technology to read old headstones. I have walked through many cemeteries where most of the headstones were unreadable to the human eye. In some cases, a photo could be scanned into a computer and a photo program might make more of the information visible to those with limited photo editing ability. I believe it is only a matter of time before BillionGraves and any future graving apps are able to add this functionality to their apps, or at least to their websites.

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Canada%20-%20World/2013-04-09/article-3216371/18th-century-tombstones-deciphered-with-new-3D-technology/1

Here’s an app for iPhones and iPads. They are working on an Android version. With the current version, if it can read the headstone, it can provide a lot of information about the person. As digital 3D technology continues to improve, it won’t be too long before this app or a similar one is able to digitally enhance an unreadable headstone immediately.

http://www.legacymobile.org

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