Jisc's new 3D scanning service takes the hard work out of creating immersive content.
Help is at hand for educators and researchers with cupboards full of rare, fragile or awkward objects and artefacts that are difficult to bring to a wider audience.
Plugging a gap
Jisc has begun trialling a studio-quality 3D scanning service focused on research and education, using state-of-the-art hardware from London-based tech startup Reality Zero One. This free service will help to plug a gap in higher education, where expensive and complex scanning equipment is a rarity.
The scanner can produce 2D or 3D images that could transport learners to places they might never be able to visit in person, travel back in time, or work with items that are too precious or fragile for them to hold in real life.
New technologies and techniques
Simply send Jisc the objects to be scanned, and our experts will do the rest. The resulting digital objects can be downloaded and used in several formats, from web pages through to virtual and augmented reality apps and experiences.
Anyone who’s interested in watching the scanning process is welcome to observe in person.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, head of history and history of art at the University of Buckingham, says:
"We are very excited about giving our students access to high-quality digital imaging of key works from the curriculum so that they can better appreciate artistic techniques and detailed issues relating to conservation and restoration. Jisc’s support and expertise complements our specialist humanities knowledge. Together, we are realising the possibilities offered by digital technologies and techniques to deliver new learning experiences to our students."
Economies of scale
By offering 3D scanning centrally as a shared service for UK educators and researchers, Jisc is able to offer huge economies of scale. The pilot 3D scanning service is free to the UK research and education sector, and organisations using it will be able to use the resulting 3D objects however they choose. Jisc will retain the right to license them to other organisations to generate income to cover running costs.
Fill in this online form to indicate your requirements, and someone will be in touch within two working days. Or come along to the Jisc-supported immersive technology in education meet-up on 3 October 2019 to learn more about 3D scanning and try it for yourself. Bring an object you'd like to scan! (Up to 50cm cubed in size).