When visiting a museum, have you ever felt that you want to do more than looking at the exhibits or reading the explanations? Well, then you will be delighted to find out that you will now be able to take advantage of the latest advanced in the area of augmented reality technology in order to discover a fascinating facts about the past.
Project Tango is probably one of the most promising prospects of 2017. Using a combination of virtually overlaid images, this type of technology can have all sorts of applications. Project Tango’s potential was demonstrated during a 2016 technology conference when a presenter managed to take a 3D scan of a sand castle using her mobile device.
And now, it would seem that more and more companies and institutions are trying to integrate this amazing service. Recently, Detroit’s Institute of Arts and tech company GuidiGo joined forces in order to create a unique AR-powered tour.
The fruit of their labor is a powerful application which visitors can use in order to peek inside mummy sarcophagi or to see what other exhibits looked like when they were built. However, Detroit’s Institute of Art was not the only institution to make use of the novel technology.
Project Tango has also helped Catalunya’s National Museum of Art and Barcelona’s MWC to set up virtual tours using augmented reality. Moreover, it would seem that Google is planning on helping other museums from all the globe to set up virtual tours.
So, how does this AR-powered tour work? First of all, you will need to have a device equipped with a depth sensor. At the moment, Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro is the only device available on the market capable of running this virtual tour. However, you will be able to use the same feature using Asus’s ZenFone AR.
After the application is installed on your device, it will automatically switch on your camera and the device’s depth sensor. So, whenever you pass by an exhibit, just point your device towards it and enjoy the show.
With Project Tango’s initiative, you will be able to scan a mummy actively. The AR-generated representation can show you stuff like bandages, jewelry, and the state of the body’s skeleton. You can also use the application to see how the mummy’s sarcophagus looked like at the moment it was buried.
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