Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Walk with Isle of Wight's dinosaurs

Palaeontologist Dr Steve Sweetman helped create an app which has been designed for a new dinosaur trail on the Isle of Wight (University of Portsmouth/PA Wire)

People could see themselves walking with dinosaurs from 130 million years ago with a new mobile phone app.

Dinosaur expert Dr Steve Sweetman, from the University of Portsmouth, is helping to launch the app which has been designed for a new dinosaur trail on the Isle of Wight.

The Dinosaur Island Trail app, for phones and tablets, will use augmented reality technology to allow visitors to the island to take photos of themselves and see themselves standing next to the dinosaurs that were found at that spot.

The app will work at six coastal locations on the Isle of Wight.

Multimedia company Appshaker, who have worked with National Geographic, have developed the app, which interacts with electronic chips embedded in posts at various points along the trail which will be launched to the public on Friday.

The experience is part of a programme of events co-ordinated by Visit Isle of Wight to celebrate the countdown to the release of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie in December.

Dr Sweetman, a palaeontologist, said: "I am thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project.

"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.

"To be able to share my knowledge of the dinosaurs and other creatures that lived here millions of years ago is always very rewarding."

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