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Custom Interactive Angel Mounds Exhibit- IDIA Collaboration


We’re excited to announce the next step in our collaboration with the IDIA Lab, who have been using a large-scale GeoDome Panorama in their VR content production pipeline since 2018. We’re partnering to create an immersive, interactive cultural heritage experience for IUMAA – the new Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Indiana University.

The exhibit explores Angel Mounds, one of the best-preserved pre-contact Native American sites in North America. Built between A.D. 1000 and 1450, the town was occupied by more than 1,000 people who were part of the Mississippian culture, and included earthen mounds built to elevate important buildings. We’ll create a digital 3D model of Angel Mounds from the time it was a fully functioning society through today, and build a virtual world where visitors can experience what life was like for the indigenous inhabitants of the time.

The IDIA Lab will use #LiDAR data captured by IUMAA to create a 3D model of the terrain. The simulation will be showcased in a GeoDome with a customized screen shape to fully immersive visitors in the virtual world. Powered by Unity3D, the experience will be driven by a gesture-driven user interface customized by the Elumenati dev team. We’re honored to be part of this collaborative project, and look forward to launching it in early 2022.

Photo by Herb Roe, available through  the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.