Google Augmented Reality Platform Enters Museum Sphere at DIA

Lumin at DIA
Lumin at DIA
(Detroit Institute of Arts photo)

Verge reports that Google is partnering with select museums to bring its augmented reality platform called Tango to devices that will enhance visitor experience. Detroit Institute of Arts is the first institution to partner with Google in the endeavor, along with mobile developer GuidiGO.

DIA visitors can get a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro (the first Tango-enabled smartphone) from the front desk, and use it to explore exhibitions and artifacts in-depth. Verge reports: "The handset can peer inside sarcophagi to reveal mummified bodies, visualize lost architecture like the six-story Babylonian Ishtar Gate, and restore ancient limestone reliefs to their original, bright coloring."

Lumin is the name of the DIA's "groundbreaking interactive, mobile tour using augmented reality and 3-D mapping."

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