12 July 2017

Google Tango AR at Queen’s House

When Queen’s House reopened in October last year following a 15-month refurbishment its art and architecture had been restored, new exhibitions and commissions unveiled and the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, saved for the nation earlier this year, taking pride of place. Not only was the 400-year-old building, brought back to its former glory but he and other historic characters were also brought back to life in a new interpretation project using the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to bring back to life characters associated with the house including the architect himself. Spirited: A digital adventure is a ground-breaking AR experience that allows history to come alive in visitors’ hands.

Project Tango technology gives any mobile device the ability to navigate the physical world in a similar way to humans. The Queen’s House is one of the world’s first cultural places to trial this revolutionary technology alongside the Detroit Museum of Art, USA and the Art Science Museum, Singapore. As part of the experience, users will discover 21 historical characters and the original Gentileschi painting on the ceiling. The list of spirits in the Great Hall includes: Anne of Denmark, Henrietta-Maria of France and Inigo Jones. All characters are real models wearing historical costumes, props, jewels, wigs and make-up and they are using the Lenovo Phab2Pro phablets. All devices are in a charging deck handed to visitors by trained museum staff.

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