Google unveils the Robotic Art Camera; captures masterstrokes in gigapixel images

Google's new gigapixel camera

Trip to the Louvre? Forget that. Google’s ridiculously powerful Robotic Art Camera allows you to get closer to master art works than anything ever before.

Google’s Cultural Institute incorporates thousand of artifacts that you can cherish online, and approximately 200 of them are Gigapixel images of widely appreciated works of art.

Naturally, you can see more than millions of such artifacts in person around the world. However, the new Robotic Art Camera has renewed and completely automated the process of ingesting these masterworks and putting them online. This would enable people to view pieces of art without leaving the vicinity of their home. On Tuesday, via their official blog, Google announced their new camera with the online availability of 1000 new Gigapixel images.

The camera integrates sonar and laser to line up various portions of the work which it masterfully photographs bit by bit. Each image captures the natural colors and individual brushstrokes that went into crafting these masterpieces. Once captured, the camera automatically organizes the individual bits into one cohesive picture with perfect detail.

In the online Gigapixel images, you can either step back and appreciate the picture as a whole or zoom in till you are staring at each and every brushstroke. This is much more appreciable in impressionist works such as the masterpiece by Paul Signac titled as The Port of Rotterdam.

The robotic nature and the automotive process will enable museums around the world to capture and publish these incredibly detailed images without sending their artworks outside and without taking any assistance from Google itself.

Google Cultural Institute Engineer Ben St. John wrote in the blog post that they want to provide instruments to the museums to do this important work; hence they are sending a fleet of such camera from museum to museum around the world.

More important is the fact that Google has promised the camera for free to museum. Google did not mention the cost that went into building such an outstanding camera, but, they did confirm that the camera is not available for sale.

The Art Camera will be provided to partners of Google Cultural Institute who have at least 50 works uploaded on Google’s platform.

So appreciate the chefs-d’oeuvre online, all made available through Google.

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