New augmented reality app for tablets and smartphones will enable visitors to the Isle of Wight to have their picture taken with dinosaurs

Dinosaurs' app uses augmented reality

Visitors to the Isle of Wight will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with creatures from 130 million years ago.

Designed for use on tables and smartphones, the app will use data stored in electronic chips embedded in posts at various points along the Isle of Wight dinosaurs trail.

Apart from providing a unique photo-opportnity, the app will also enable the users to learn more about the long-extinct animals.

A joined project of Appshaker, a multimedia company previously working with National Geographic, Visit Isle of Wight and the University of Portsmouth, the app will work at six coastal locations of the island that is known to be one of the richest European dinosaur localities.

"I am thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project,” said the University of Portsmouth dinosaur expert Dr Steve Sweetman, who has been working on the app.

"As a resident of the Island I do a lot of my work here, and have found many new species on the Island. These include eight new dinosaurs, one of which was a very large and fearsome relative of velociraptor,” he said about the expected content of the newly launched augmented reality device.

The project is a part of a programme related to the anticipated BBC’s 3D movie Walking with Dinosaurs, which is due to be released in December.

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