3D virtual museum spawned from MQU business incubator

Tuesday, 06 June, 2017

3D virtual museum spawned from MQU business incubator

Virtual museum exhibits are being created via 3D scanning, by a company at Macquarie University’s business incubator.

Quantam Shade Interactive is one of several emerging businesses using the university’s newly created Business Innovation Centre.

The ‘pop-up’ incubator is on its way to becoming one of Australia’s leading innovation centres, with assistance of a $1 million grant from the NSW Government.

Other companies using the incubator include EarMe, which uses 3D printing to create custom moulded earplugs, and biotech company Lucigem, which produces nano-diamonds and nano-rubies for medical research.

“These fantastic examples of NSW innovation show that fresh thinking and the right environment have the potential to spark breakthrough business ideas to support jobs and economic growth,” said John Barilaro, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business.

The NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program is delivering $1 million grants to each of the state’s 11 public universities, as well as the CSIRO, to work with local businesses to boost innovation and collaboration.

Quantam Shade Interactive’s Matt Cabanag said he was drawing on the university’s 3D data repository project, Pedestal, to create a virtual museum.

“It’s a virtual exhibit which puts all the 3D data in one place. Instead of having to move artefacts from storage, you can view them any time in any configuration. The ultimate goal is to allow people to create their own content, like Squarespace,” he said.

“The business innovation centre was a huge help, especially for user testing and having access to experienced mentors. As it expands, there will be more opportunity for collaboration.”

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