Getty Museum gets Google Goggles-enabled

Summary:The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is now Google Goggles-enabled. Take a picture of any of the permanent paintings in their collection and open up a plethora of new information.

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is now Google Goggles-enabled. In other words, using your Google Googles smartphone app to take a picture of any of the permanent paintings in their collection opens up a plethora of new information.

That snapped picture leads to web-based commentary from artists, curators, historians, and sometimes even the artist themselves, according to the official Google blog. In at least one case, you can hear an anthropomorphic pig. Google is promoting it as a way for museum curators to expand the story behind each painting beyond a tiny plaque on the wall.

Taking the art history lesson home is as simple as enabling Search History on your Google Android phone (Apple iPhone users seem to be out of luck). And if you come across one of the indexed paintings from the Getty collection in, say, a textbook, Google Goggles can still pop up all the relevant information.

Google Goggles is available as part of the free Android and iPhone Google Search apps.

Topics: Google

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