Google Is Using Tango In Museums To Add An Extra AR Layer to Exhibits

by Charles Singletary • January 10th, 2017

Tango is Google’s augmented reality platform that has the malleability to fit many different types of applications and purposes. With ideas of a more informative discipline, AR technology seems like a sure thing when it comes to museums and mobile exhibits of some sort by showing us more information than physical space may allow or by just adding a new layer with animation of some kind.

Now, Google is partnering up with museums around the world to bring their artifacts to life with Tango technology.

Museums are home to historic keepsakes and windows into monumental events in our world’s past. As interesting as they already are, augmented reality is going to be harnessed through Tango in a variety of different ways to make visits more dynamic.

Google showed the feature shown with the capability to overlay enhanced versions of artifacts untouched by time through your Tango-enabled mobile device, or using one requested at the museum itself.


For example, you could see paint restored on weathered limestone reliefs or even digital replacements for architecture long missing from the Ishtar Gate (shown above). Details are currently scarce, but the museum application will also reportedly include quizzes and games.

AR in this capacity is becoming a more regular occurrence with these types of experiences, as we recently reported on a Hidden Figures influenced AR exhibit where you have to travel to find all the information and even an AR recreation of the Reagan assassination attempt. While this is a very interesting use for Tango, Google hasn’t really put their full force behind the technology just yet. They only have a handful of devices available for purchase that are Tango-enabled, but hopefully partnerships like this will inspire a bit more movement.

The only known current partner for this is the Detroit Institute of Arts with more to be revealed over time.

h/t: The Verge

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