Google and CyArk Team Up to Preserve Historical Sites in Virtual Reality

Google and CyArk Team Up to Preserve Historical Sites in Virtual Reality”

This week the search engine giant announced a partnership with CyArk, a 3D laser scanning nonprofit that's using its technology to digitally capture and recreate historical sites around the world.

CyArk, whose mission statement is "to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today" operates internationally and has been around since 2003.

After almost 15 years of operation - it was founded in 2003, motivated by the destruction of fifth-century Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan - CyArk has recorded more than 200 monuments on all seven continents. In this way it will be preserved and can be explored online via a mobile device, or while wearing a virtual reality headset.

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Recently Google Arts and Culture have teamed up with CyArk to open up access to these virtual wonders of the world that may be too unstable or too unsafe to visit.

With modern technology, we can capture these monuments in fuller detail than ever before, including the color and texture of surfaces alongside the geometry captured by the laser scanners with millimeter precision in 3D. Further, the images that are scanned are also expected to be used to recognize the areas of damage and will assist with the restoration of those sites. It has started it work by partnering with museums to bring art works online. However, the headling piece of the collection right now is a virtual tour of the temples of Bagan, Myanmar, which were damaged in an quake two years ago.The tour goes far beyond other Arts and Culture content, allowing you to walk around a virtually recreated temple and inspect the site in close detail.

Google and CyArk are also planning to release the source data of the models. Discover Google Arts & Culture's "Open Heritage" project online-or download our free app for iOS or Android. Those mobile apps will also support the VR tours through Google's Daydream platform, the report said.

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