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You can now take a 5G-powered virtual tour of The Met

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Pandemic travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders have made it difficult to access cultural experiences. But a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City could help ease some of those stuck-at-home blues.

Verizon (VZ) and The Met are launching a platform that lets viewers visit the museum and see many of its famous works of art from home, an experience that can be enhanced through 5G and augmented reality technology.

The tool, called "The Met Unframed," is one way for Verizon to show off some of the uses for 5G — which boasts higher bandwidth, faster speeds and lower lag time than 4G LTE networks.

Art fans can access The Met Unframed via a smartphone for the next five weeks.

Users whose phones work on Verizon's super-fast "wideband" 5G have access to a special feature: unlocking certain pieces of art to "borrow" and display in their home using AR, making it look as if the artwork is hanging on the user's wall when viewed through the phone's camera lens.

Verizon's wideband 5G service is available in just over 60 cities and most wireless consumers (from all carriers) have yet to upgrade to devices that work on the new network.

The digital galleries were designed to "evoke or nearly replicate" spaces within the actual museum and were created with the help of Met experts, 3D artists and the museum's staff photographers, according to Verizon.

"The Met Unframed expands the ways in which we can understand, experience and appreciate art. "

Verizon is working on a similar partnership with the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D. C. , to create 3D, augmented reality experiences allowing users to engage with its collection of historical artifacts.

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