The Detroit Institute of Arts has a new docent: the GuidiGo app, which leads visitors on guided tours using indoor geolocation technology from Google’s Project Tango, according to VentureBeat.
At the museum, visitors can borrow a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro phablet running GuidiGo from the front desk and then go on an augmented-reality-enabled tour of the exhibits. With the phablet, users can enjoy enhanced experiences, such as gaining visibility of the inside of exhibits with an x-ray view of Egyptian sarcophagi. The smartphone and app also deliver other interactive features, including games, puzzles and quizzes.
Google’s Project Tango technology allows the app and phablet to navigate the museum. The technology uses motion tracking, area learning and depth perception to map and orient itself within an indoor space. The Phab 2 Pro is a device specifically designed to support Tango.
David Lerman, CEO of GuidiGO, explained how a Tango-enabled mobile device works in a company press release.
“The tablet is loaded with sensors that detect motion, volume, and depth,” he noted. “A 3-D map of the interior of the museum is created in advance by scanning the walls, partitions, installations, etc. The tablet later recognizes these elements and makes it possible for the visitor to remain continuously localized, with no need to connect to any signal.”
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