Google’s new Gigapixel Art Camera with Brushstroke Visualization


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The ability to capture images via frames per second has been the preeminent technological breakthrough of the year. Focusing on picture clarity and pixels, most telecom giants not only tend to grasp new technology but also develop existing tips and tricks to produce something new and innovative. This kindling fire has lead Google to come up with the Gigapixel Art Camera that which is a custom built, robotic camera capable of capturing Gigapixel images quickly.

Google managed to share 200 gigapixel images online during the Google Cultural Institutes first five years, but the process was gradual earlier and involved expensive equipment and highly specialized trained staff, capable of completing the job. Now, (with the machines taking over) the new robotic technology can finish the job within 30 minutes to scan a painting as compared to a day with trained officials.

The Art Camera functions by capturing images of a painting in question by taking hundreds and even thousands of close-ups, focusing via laser and sonar systems. It uses high frequency sound to measure the distance of the art work, just like a bat would see and hear, Google Points out.

Capturing the images is not the only task assigned, it also to stitch images coherently in order to create one image and hence when published online one image can be visualized right up to the brushstroke and back. So the next time you would want to view Van Gogh’s famous portraits of the Roulin Family (right to the brushstroke) you wouldn’t need to visit museums in New York, Netherlands or L.A, instead you could just view them online, for example Google Art Camera captured the portrait of Armand Roulin which is placed alongside the rest of Roulin Family portraits all on one page.

Would this seize the visiting of people to museums, highly unlikely, because the image may explain a lot, however true beckoning lies in the eyes of the beholder – and not to forget the smell of thousands of years old oil paint and the feel altogether. Nevertheless, the Google Art Camera will connect Art with the world like never before.

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