Beginning with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Google is taking its augmented reality platform called Tango to museums from Monday.
Google’s Tango platform is an augmented reality that technology that uses computer vision to make mobile devices location-aware. The augmented reality from the tech giant does not rely on external systems, such as GPS, Wi-Fi, or sensors.
“With Tango’s location and augmented reality (AR) capabilities, you’ll soon be able to experience museums around the world in a whole new way—starting with the Detroit Institute of Arts. In partnership with GuidiGO, the Detroit Institute of Arts has built Lumin, a mobile tour that uses Tango capabilities to add AR interactivity and information to further enrich your visit,” says Justin Quimby, Senior Product Manager, Tango in a blog post on Monday.
Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts will be able to harness the rich potentials of the augmented reality of Google Tango. Though, there aren’t many devices in the market that support Tango, visitors will however, be able to borrow a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro [one of few devices that support Tango] from the museum’s front desk. This will enable them explore exhibits including ancient Egyptian mummies by simply using an AR overlay to earn an X-ray view of within the sarcophagi.
“Museums can be great teachers. From art and science to culture and natural history, they educate and inspire us. Still, display signs and audio guides can only convey so much. What if you could explore museums in a different way?”
You may have read much about the famous Egyptian mummies, but Tango is given you a rear opportunity to experience it when you visit museums. With the app’s overlay, you can peer beneath the sarcophagus and even the mummies’ bandages to explore an X-ray-like view of the skeleton.
Also available is the Ishtar Gate-ancient Babylonia; and Tango will enable you to visualize the gate at scale and see where the Detroit Institute of Art’s 3×4-foot mosaic piece fits into this architectural wonder. This will be made possible through the app’s motion tracking technology.
Cylinder Seal; once used to make impressions on clay for items like jewelry and signatures for administrative purposes. Google Tango will enable you to roll the seals in AR to see the written characters and figurative scenes that they create instead of just seeing the seals in a case.
Google has promised to bring Tango to more museums; and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is just the first of many.
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