Google Tango is a relatively new AR platform that allows the physical space to be filled in by digital objects on mobile devices. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is currently the only active handset that uses the platform for augmented reality technology. The second smartphone that’ll support Tango will be the ASUS Zenphone AR which was unveiled at CES this year.
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will be premiering a mobile tour on January 25th called Lumin which uses Google’s Tango technology to provide an augmented reality experience for the audience. With the use of the Phab 2 Pro the museum tourists will have an interactive way to experience history and art.
The Lumin experience that’ll debut at the museum was created by the DIA’s interpretive team leveraging GuidiGO’s new augmented reality platform, AR Composer, built specifically for Tango. Users of the platform will be interacting with life size 3D animations and models. You’ll also see digital displays within the AR space.
“Lumin connects visitors with artworks in a global context beyond the DIA,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “Augmented reality allows the user to see the unseen, imagine art in its original setting and understand how objects were used and experienced in people’s everyday lives. It is an exciting way to incorporate the latest technology into the visitor experience.”
Lumin Tour Stops at Detroit Institute of Arts
● In the Egyptian gallery visitors can hold the device up to a 2000-year-old mummy to reveal an x-ray view of the skeleton inside.
● While looking at a beige limestone sculpture, the screen displays the original vibrant colors that adorned an Assyrian palace thousands of years ago.
● In front of a section of the wall from the Ishtar Gate, visitors can use the device to walk through a digital reconstruction of the gates of ancient Babylon.
The initial Lumin tour will be comprised of 7 tour stops which will include a variety of AR experiences. They hope to collide ancient history with modern technology to create an experience like never before at an art museum.
Museum Hours and Admission
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6–17.