Russian Museums to Get Augmented Reality App

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Users will be able to get instant information about any work of art just by using a new app

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in collaboration with the Kultura.RF project presented the mobile application Artefact for iOS and Android platforms, based on the technology of augmented reality, according to the Ministry official website. Artefact is available in Russian and English languages.

The application provides an interactive guide to exhibitions of Russian museums and applies the image recognition system which allows to retreive instant information about any piece of art.

If the exhibit has undergone a restoration, Artefact will show its "before and after" condition. It can be used even outside the museum walls – Artefact recognises a picture even if it is printed on a postcard or a poster.

All Russian museums were invited to participate in the project. The exhibits of the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will be the first to appear in the application database this upcoming summer.

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Artefact's interface

“By creating Artefact we aim to provide a new way of interaction with the exhibits by museum visitors. In this sense, Artefact is an ideal environment because one can see things inaccessible in reality: lost fragments, the image of an object before restoration etc. It’s just enough to point a smartphone camera on an object,” the adviser to the Minister of Culture Vadim Vankov told, Afisha.Daily reported.

Earlier this year, developers from UK created Smartify, an analog of Shazam for pictures. Just by scanning a piece of art, Android and iOS users can download it in high resolution, get a biography of the artist and learn the valuable details of the work itself.