TedxTalks: Using 3D visualization to discover the secrets of mummies

3 December, 2014 - 14:23

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Combining ground-breaking technology with childlike curiosity, David Hughes demonstrates a pioneering visualisation system -- an astonishing piece of equipment that allows us to experience ancient museum subjects like never before. David takes us on a mind-blowing virtual trip, firstly inside a mummy’s tomb, and then into a martian meteorite. An utterly thrilling talk!

David Hughes has a background in engineering design, flight simulation and 3D visual computing and is fuelled by a passion for innovation, science communication and experimentation. The innovation technology consultancy he founded specialises in visualisation and emerging technologies. He is now working with a leading research group in Sweden to help the world’s museums digitally unlock their storeroom collections, covering a remarkable range of subjects from ancient mummies to Martian meteorites. Using cutting-edge medical imaging and visualisation technologies, this new approach is resulting in significant discoveries as well as exciting new ways that museum visitors can engage with the science.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)