September 9, 2019
A museum seems to be a symbol of stillness and history. 5G can turn that symbol into something much more lively and vivid. What brilliant offspring will emerge when culture and technology combine? With the assistance of technology, traditional culture can not only be preserved, but also attracts and inspires a larger audience.
Add 5G to a historical masterpiece, and what do you get?
With 5G and virtual reality, you can tour a museum without even leaving home.
The bells of Marquis Yi are a musical instrument from the Warring States period, over 2,400 years ago. They were excavated in 1978, and have only been played three times. But their sound has been recorded for use in a VR game. Now, everyone can play the ancient bells themselves, using 5G and a VR headset. This is an unforgettable opportunity to get close and interact with one of the world’s great archeological treasures.
Virtual reality can also thrust us back into the lives of the past. You can don the clothing of the past, and go and battle on the burning sands. You can even straddle your horse, point your sword, and take a selfie. In the Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum, visitors can see every variety of porcelain, and with the help of an augmented reality viewer, you can see a recreation of how the kilnmen used to make porcelain.
VR/AR can bring artifacts to life, and even place them in the palm of your hand. The sword of King Goujian is one of China’s most precious historical treasures, preserved since the Spring and Autumn period, 2,500 or more years ago. It has witnessed centuries of history, and yet remains keen and dangerous. A digital model of the legendary weapon was created and stored on the cloud. Now with a handset and the right app, users can spin the item this way and that, and even zoom in and out.
If you don’t want to miss even the tiniest detail of the artifact, then a live streaming in 4K or 8K high definition and transmitted over 5G, is the perfect show for you. 5G supports super-fast transmission of data. Combined with 4K or 8K high definition on the big screen, it gives you the perfect way to enjoy a close-up view of history. Once scanned, any historical artifact can be viewed in perfect detail.
Holographic technology means we can converse with the people of the past. We can even create new historical items, so real you can almost touch them. A 5G holographic ancient fashion show uses holograms and 3D screens to give the audience a 360-degree view of models in classic Chinese dress of the Han Dynasty. Holography brings the historical figures back to life, and they may even pause to exchange words with the audience.
When technology is properly combined with human creativity, new wonders never cease!
5G is bringing miracles to museum after museum
Huawei and our operator partners are working with many museums on digital exhibits.
Hunan Museum has partnered with China Mobile and Huawei to become China’s first museum with complete 5G coverage. 4K high-definition livestreaming, VR tours, 5G holographic fashion shows… all of these brand-new experiences can be found in this one museum here.
Hunan Museum has become China’s first museum with complete 5G coverage
With a VR headset, users can take virtual tours of locations around the world, from China’s terracotta warriors to the pyramids of Egypt. These new applications of technology are breaking down the barriers of time and space, and changing museum visitors from observers of history to participants in history.
One of the most popular exhibits is the ancient fashion show, created with 5G holographic technology. Three-dimensional holography is applied to classic Chinese dress of the Han Dynasty. With the museum’s 3D pyramid holographic screen and the glasses-free 3D screen, visitors can find themselves in among all the different styles of classic dress in the Han Dynasty.
With its partners China Mobile Hubei and Huawei, Hubei Museum has created a 5G smart museum. Over a period of two months, the museum completed the 3D date collection of every artifact in its collection. Taking advantage of the key features of 5G – high bandwidth, low latency, and massive connections – as well as other advanced technologies, Hubei Museum has catapulted itself into the 5G smart era.
Striking the bells of Marquis Yi using 5G
The bells of Marquis Yi and the sword of King Goujian are two of the artifacts housed in Hubei Museum. The museum not only has 5G access all throughout the building, it also has cameras capturing 360-degree views of the entire site. Visitors can choose the angle from which they look at the exhibits in the museum, and if they are inside the museum, they may well encounter a digital copy of themselves as they roam the exhibits.
On March 15, the Palace Museum signed a strategic partnership agreement with Huawei under which the partners will create a “Smart Forbidden City”. This new project will let people anywhere in the world experience what it is like to walk in the Forbidden City. Visitors to the site can use the super-fast broadband to watch high-definition videos that unlock the secrets of the buildings and antiques all around them. The museum curators will have a complete video record of every artifact as it is stored, restored, and displayed. Archeologists from around the world will be able to conference in to help with the analysis and restoration of ancient exhibits. And powerful artificial intelligence will support the identification and restoration of artifacts, and deliver educational content for young people.
Thousands of years of civilization are illuminated by technology
Museums cradle our history. They represent the spirit of our culture and the brilliant achievements over the centuries. This historical wealth has been passed down the centuries, and now it can be brought out into the light of day. Rather than hiding within a museum, the riches of history should flow into the world in a form that young people enjoy, fused with technology. The jewels buried in the sands of time can be brought to sparkling life by powerful technologies.
Of course, the development of a digital museum is a long-term project. But the journey has begun, and digitized exhibits are more attractive and exciting than ever before. As more artworks and antiquities are converted into digital forms, our digital kingdom will expand. It will take us back through the centuries, away into distant civilizations, and even beyond the stars. The digital world will become an eternal palace full of all the most brilliant achievements of mankind.
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