• Google initiative looks to preserve walkable copies of Earth's historical sites on the web

    4 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Indiana Jones' exclamation of, “It belongs in a museum!” is taking a trip into the digital age with a Google initiative that will save archaeological sites to the cloud.
    Google's non-profit Arts and Culture arm is partnering with another non-profit, Oakland-based CyArk , which flies drones and sets up cameras around historical sites using photogrammetry and LiDAR scanning tech to create dense models composed of thousands of photos and data points. These scans had previously not been available publicly but with the help of Google, CyArk now has opened access to a number of their scans and...
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  • Google offers access to virtual 3D models of ancient monuments

    Google offers access to virtual 3D models of ancient monuments

    4 days ago - By Engadget

    Historic monuments around the world face threats from natural disasters, tourism and war, which is what led Ben Kacyra to found CyArk - a non-profit organization working to scan and digitally archive ancient monuments. With laser scanning, photogram...
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  • Google will help preserve endangered historical sites in virtual reality

    Google will help preserve endangered historical sites in virtual reality

    4 days ago - By The Verge

    Google has partnered with 3D laser scanning nonprofit CyArk to help preserve historical sites around the world that are at risk of irreversible damage or total erasure due to human conflict and natural disasters. The joint effort, called the Open Heritage project , will use CyArk's laser-scanning technology to capture all the relevant data at a historical site needed to re-create it virtually, so it can be preserved and explored online either on a computer, through a mobile device, or while wearing a virtual reality headset.
    “With modern technology, we can capture these monuments in fuller...
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