To create a dynamic, interactive experience about dinosaurs employing cutting edge technologies that would attract users to an iPad app. Exploiting the capabilities of 3D animation and touch screens, the app would arouse curiosity and facilitate science learning in a range of ages and for a variety of learning styles.
To accommodate Real World Dinosaur's 3D visualization of fully animated dinosaurs and their environments, I designed a highly customized build for an iPad app using HTML5. I switched 360 degree views of the dinosaurs, initially rendered as sprite sheets, to real-time graphics displays in WebGL in current updates. Users can select optional narration, which, along with visual illustration of the text in 3D images and maps, creates multi-sensory pathways for understanding and enjoyment.
Real World Dinosaurs was selected for the Showcase for Innovative Mobile Apps at SIGGRAPH 2014. Available through iTunes, it has been appreciated and sold on every continent (with the exception of Antarctica!) and has doubled the number of dinosaurs in the app. Regularly updated with new features and information, Real World Dinosaurs continues to expand its user base.