Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2017
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Voyeurism made beautiful

Thought you hated Google Street View because it invaded your neighbourhood and put it on the Web for all to see? You might want to give it another chance. The new Google Art Project uses 360-degree, Street-View technology to tour the world’s top museums then puts all the footage online. Art aficionados can now “visit” 17 museums from nine different countries, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Uffizi in Florence, minus the lineups and entrance fees. More than 1000 works have been photographed and “hung” in virtual galleries. One piece from each museum was even photographed at super high-resolution -- we’re talking around seven billion pixels -- so onlookers can zoom in, and in, and in some more to inspect details previously impossible to see with the naked eye. So, what do you think of Street View now? googleartproject.com.

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