Augmented reality seems to come into its own in museums, where audiences are ready and willing to try out new immersive tech. Now that the tech-powered palette is about to get a little larger.
On Wednesday, the Knight Foundation announced that it would allow five museums nationwide to wow visitors with immersive exhibits. $ 750,000, alongside coaching from Microsoft.
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Selected museums are already getting trained on Microsoft's immersive software and hardware in Redmond, WA, where Microsoft has its headquarters.
One of the museums – the American Museum of Natural History – has given us a glimpse of what its immersive exhibit might look like. Using the augmented reality device, the museum hopes to provide a holoLens 1 (see the top of this page) while manipulating a floating mask relying on traditional identification labels.
Winning museum also wants to use the option of using Microsoft's Azure Kinect.
Grantee museums are so being familiarized with Microsoft's AltspaceVR app, which is the software giant acquired back in 2017. The VR social network and meeting place is often used to show off films, live VR performances and, you guessed it, art.
Just last year, Microsoft is making museum artifacts "come alive" by using the HoloLens to show video context bubbles Mont-Saint-Michel French monastery (see video above).
Whether the grant-winning museum in question is looking to make their own edgier, attract more visitors, or just want to distract kids