What was the scope of their involvement?
They came in with a NextEngine 3D scanner and used that scanner to scan the surface of the skull, making a digital model for us that we could show online and that people could manipulate the skull for themselves in their web browser.
There were three guys, including Mike [Co-Founder & Product Design Lead, Hyperflow Labs], involved in the day that we had the scanning. I know Mike was in touch with some other folks who were working on the backend.
There are more people involved in this project than just me. As far as the other technologies and tools being used on the web development side, I'm not sure because that was going on with our web development team. A lot of that happened without my involvement.
How did you come to work with Hyperflow Labs?
They were recommended by a friend because they had done 3D stuff before that we were able to see. We looked around for businesses in Ottawa and opted to go with them just because we were impressed with the work they did. They give us a good price as well. I know they’re a relatively new business or sort of an upstart business, so we were looking to support that.
It didn't seem like we were taking a big chance on them. They obviously knew what they were doing, and they've done web development before, which is why we opted to go with them. Also, I know a number of them were close to the museum, so it made things easier as far as getting people together as well.
How much have you invested with Hyperflow Labs?
I wasn’t involved with that so much, but I think it was on the order of $5,000 or something like that.
What is the status of this engagement?
It was pretty quick because we had to get this announcement out by a certain date. We worked with them over a period of a few weeks to a month, and that would have been in April of last year.
I know they've been involved with us since, although not with me per se. They've done more work for the new gallery that's starting at the museum. They digitized a whale baleen for us. This is going back a month or so ago. I've actually seen the model of it and was pretty impressed by it. The plan is to print that model and eventually have it on display in our new Arctic gallery next month.