Reality Computing: Even Better Than the Real Thing?

Imagine taking a snapshot of any object and then creating an exact, physical copy. Even if it’s underwater? Thanks to Reality Computing, that’s what startup The Hydrous is doing to help better understand endangered coral. One recent five-day underwater expedition garnered more than 27,000 photos, 2 TB of data, and photo captures of more than 100 corals. These will then be used to create exact, interactive 3D-model replicas for scientists and educators to study and preserve the reefs.