Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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ZooSphere - Development of a software for automated spheric image capturing and interactive 3D visualization of biological collection objects
Martin Pluta, Falko Glöckler, Alexander Kroupa, Bernhard Schurian

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rydbergsalen
Date: 2014-10-27 12:10 PM – 12:30 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-03


We developed a tool (ZooSphere) for automated image capturing from about 400 to 1500 positions around a specimen. A high resolution image with extremely high depth of focus is produced by using stacking technology in each position. The combination of all images is a spheric image sequence, ready for seamless animation.

The image sequences will be displayed by a web-based tool or a Java desktop application, both developed at the MfN Berlin. These applications allow to rotate, zoom and pan the view of the image sequences by mouse, keyboard and gesture control. The same software is used to create an interactive stereoscopic visualization (3D) of the object.
Future development includes joining of the ZooSphere images with micro-CT images of internal specimen structures and the creation of 3D models of the specimens by applying photogrammetric methods on the image sequences. For data exchange, a RESTful webservice will be implemented.

In our demonstration we will present the software and first image sequences. Both will be published under open licenses and thus freely available in the World Wide Web.