May 25, 2022

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is Using VR to Reach Beyond the Exhibit Space

From Technical.lyDC:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is embracing virtual reality as it looks to make cultural offerings more widely available.


In May, the museum announced a partnership with Intel, in which the tech giant detailed plans to deploy technology that makes exhibits available in virtual reality, and add to the museum’s 3D capture capabilities for works and artifacts.

This week, the first signs of the partnership are on view. The Renwick Gallery’s current exhibition, titled “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” is available in virtual reality through Sansar, a platform which hosts “social” VR content. Intel’s processing capabilities were a key contribution to making the experience available, according to SAAM.

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