Visitors to Miami’s new Frost Science museum, which opens on May 8th, will be able to delve deeper into some of its marine inhabitants thanks to a unique interactive exhibit designed by Interspectral.

Using the Swedish company’s Inside Explorer technology, 3D X-ray scans of the same sharks and rays that are swimming in the aquarium tanks next door will allow visitors to better appreciate their amazing physiology and gain a better understanding of how they function.

Shortfin Mako Frost Science

Shortfin Mako

Users will be able to “virtually dissect” the sharks on large touch tables by making simple gestures to manipulate, zoom and see through layers of the 3D X-ray scans.

Inside Explorer is already used by many museums and science centres to create interactive learning experiences based on scientific 3D content, ranging from human anatomy and animal physiology to insects, mummies and meteorites. The Frost Science project, however, is the first time an aquarium has taken advantage of the technology.

Cownose Ray Frost Science

Cownose Ray

To bring the project to life in Miami, Interspectral collaborated with Professor Gavin Naylor of the Hollings Marine Research Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, giving the company exclusive access to his extensive digital collection of research scans. Aquariums worldwide now benefit from such material as they seek to engage visitors by giving them a better understand their own live collections.

Frost Science is named in tribute to pharmaceutical billionaire couple Patricia and Phillip Frost, the museum’s principal backers. The $305 million project is one of two new institutions located on Miami’s 20 acre Museum Park on Biscayne Bay waterfront, just a short drive from Miami Beach. The other is The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

Interspectral is Swedish company creating intuitive interactive 3D visualization experiences for education, training and entertainment based on reality capture 3D data such as 3D X-ray.