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Google Giga-Pixel Quality to Perfectly Capture Artifacts

The new camera from Google make even the smallest details of famous works of art visible in photos. Monet’s swab, van Gogh’s brushstroke, nothing that viewer can miss. The special camera can make high-resolution images according to Google in a fraction of the usual time and resolution.

Google look very closely. Nothing escapes the camera and the data collectors of the group. Just that it goes this time to really thoroughly good use: Google digitizes the art in the world. Exactly, so good, that for a trip to the Museum you do not have to flight to New York, but can stay at home before the computer.

So anyway, imagine Google’s “cultural institutions” what look before. For five years they recorded systematically great artwork in gigapixel quality, so with at least a billion pixels. “Such images can make visible details that are not visible with the naked eye”, it’s called Google. Hidden signatures for example or a small brush movements, which made the painting as they are.

Closer up than in the Museum Google Giga-Pixel Quality to Perfectly Capture Artifacts

Some 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures were already admire in the Virtual Museum, and by Zoom to get as close to the works, as a museum guard would never admit it. However, the cost for this was enormously high, so that more than this number was not feasible in five years.

It took a day on average, to include as a single work of art. Not only very special equipment was needed, but also specialists, of which there are only a handful in the world, says Google. In addition, the company had to borrow the equipment. But Google has your own Yes always prefer, and so the Group had to develop the “special type of camera”.

digitized by Google
The first thousand art works digitized by Google can be seen now in a virtual museum. So, you’re included in gigapixel quality, with at least one billion pixels. Photo: Google Cultural Institute

This robotic camera operates largely autonomously. To best align the look, she is equipped not only with a laser, but also with an ultrasound device that measures the distance to each individual brush stroke like a bat the distance to the next fly.

Software composed single images into main picture from giga-pixel images.

So are thousands of close-ups, which are then assembled by software into a single image. Overall, the whole process instead of a day takes only about half an hour.

paintings digitized by Google
The first thousand art works digitized by Google can be seen now in a virtual museum. So, you’re included in gigapixel quality, with at least one billion pixels. You can be zoomed in so, that details to identify are, that are not visible with the naked eye when looking at the original. Photo: Google Cultural Institute

The first thousand digitized works of art can be seen now in the Virtual Museum. Among them are works of world-famous artists such as Rembrandt, van Gogh and Monet, were included in museums on every continent. Google wants that “Type camera” but not only themselves, but has let produce equal 20 more of them and provides it free to museums.