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Visitors can learn about the institute’s artefacts via the Tango-enabled smartphone
Detroit Institute of Arts Google’s AR platform Tango made its attractions debut at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Michigan, USA, in 2017. At the museum’s front desk, visitors are offered a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro: the first Tango-enabled smartphone. The handset
and AR contain more in-depth information about some of the artefacts showcased at the institute. For example, Tango reveals the inside of a mummified body, visualises lost architecture and displays limestone works with their original colours. It will also feature quizzes. Following its initial run in Detroit, the technology will be rolled out to numerous yet-to-be-named museums, enhancing the interactive experience worldwide.
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“Still, display signs and audio guides can only convey so much at museums,” says Justin Quimby, senior product manager for Tango. “We want visitors to explore museums in a different way. This is just the beginning of how you’ll be able to use Tango in museums to see more, hear more and learn more.” Tango was developed by app developer GuidiGo, creator of AR museum guides for the shelved Google Glass project. n www.attractionshandbook.com
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