Google App Enhances Museum Visits; Launched at the Getty

Ear­li­er this year, Google rolled out “Art Project,” a tool that lets you access 1,000 works of art appear­ing in 17 great muse­ums across the world, from the Met in New York City to the Uffizi Gallery in Flo­rence. (More on that here.) Now, as part of a broad­er effort to put art in your hands, the com­pa­ny has pro­duced a new smart­phone app (avail­able in Android and iPhone) that enrich­es the muse­um-going expe­ri­ence, and it’s being demoed at the Get­ty Muse­um in Los Ange­les.

The con­cept is pret­ty sim­ple. You’re wan­der­ing through the Get­ty. You spot a paint­ing that deeply touch­es you. To find out more about it, you open the Google Gog­gles app on your phone, snap a pho­to, and instant­ly down­load com­men­tary from artists, cura­tors, and con­ser­va­tors, or even a small image of the work itself. Sam­ple this, and you’ll see what we mean. And, for more on the sto­ry, turn to Jori Finkel, the ace arts reporter for the LA Times.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Art in “Aug­ment­ed Real­i­ty” at The Get­ty Muse­um

A Vir­tu­al Tour of the Sis­tine Chapel

MoMA Puts Pol­lock, Rothko & de Koon­ing on Your iPad

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  • Avi says:

    I don’t quite under­stand how this can be imple­ment­ed when most muse­ums have a strict “no-pho­tog­ra­phy” pol­i­cy.

  • tim says:

    I dont get what is going on here, that video was not very help­ful in show­ing that this tech­nol­o­gy can do, i think argue­ment­ed real­i­ty has a large role in future tech­nolo­gies .. none in which have ran­dom objects jump­ing in to peo­ple’s pock­ets.

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