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Angry Birds meets Pokemon in Field Museum’s new iTunes app

New Field Museum app

New Field Museum app

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Updated: December 23, 2011 8:11AM

What happens when Pokemon, Angry Birds, and the Field Museum collide? The answer: Specimania.

Specimania, a new iTunes app developed by the Field Museum, features 52 animals found in Field Museum exhibits. The game teaches its players about the specimens found in the museum.

Specimania combines a cartoonish design style influenced by the Angry Birds video game with card dealing and battles influenced by Pokemon. Players also take part in Pokemon-esque scenarios, such as figuring out whether a sabre-toothed tiger’s teeth can defeat the talons of a Peregrine Falcon.

Specimania is a part of the Field Museum’s enhanced focus on digital engagement. Over the next five years, the Grainger Digital Initiative, named after the foundation that provided a grant for the efforts, is seeking to completely change the way visitors interact with the museum.

“Museums are often thought of as being concerned only with the past,” said Joe Brennan, the museum’s chief information officer. “The Field is a dynamic institution that actively addresses the most challenging scientific issues of our time. Through a major investment in digital media, we want to bring this story to the forefront and engage the public in exploring science as never before.”

Among the additions planned by the Grainger Digital Initiative are a state-of-the-art digital classroom on the museum’s second floor, digital enhancement of one-third of the museum’s exhibits, and a virtual collection on the Field Museum’s website consisting of over 100,000 artifacts found in the museum.

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