According to an official blog post by Google, this camera helps people take a look at hidden signature or the individual dabs of paint that give the impression of shimmering, turbulent waters.
It further added, “A gigapixel image is made of over one billion pixels, and can bring out details invisible to the naked eye. So creating digital images in such high resolution is a complex technical challenge. In the first five years of the Google Cultural Institute, we’ve been able to share about 200 gigapixel images. But we want to do much more. That’s why we developed the art camera.”
This robotic camera by Google ensures that the focus is right on each brush stroke. It’s equipped with a laser and sonar that—much like a bat—uses high frequency sound to measure the distance of the artwork. Once each detail is captured, our software takes the thousands of close-up shots and, like a jigsaw that stitches the pieces together into one single image.
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