I came across this TED talk over the weekend. It highlights an inititiave, sponsored by Google, to digitize several prominent art museums. In addition to being able to virtually walk through these museums, there are artworks that have been photographed using gigapixel technology (the talk has a great demonstration of the type of detail possible with this technology – and its a perfect example to help people better understand how and why this technology can be useful – it might also be a source for new images to play around with using the the Kinnect-enabled gigapixel viewing program). The project also allows users to create their own exhibits/museusm by amassing virtual collections of different artworks.
Its a fun/short talk, and full of ideas:
by Jennifer Borland on September 13, 2011