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Why is it bad that everything goes online

Now everything is gradually going online. This is no secret to anyone, and much of what could be done before only by coming to some place is now done at the computer or even from a smartphone. Managing your bank account, ordering statements, paying utility bills, buying food, getting advice and much more has become much easier. Now, after this, other benefits of the digital world have come to us, but are they such benefits as it might seem at first glance. Let’s look at what I’m talking about and understand how good it is in the short and long term.

A lot of sitting at the computer is bad. It is sometimes necessary to leave the house.

Each of us at least once, but used cards fromGoogle or Yandex. At the same time, he not only looked at the location of a particular house, but also studied the panorama of the streets. This is really convenient, because having studied the area in advance, it is much easier to navigate where to go when you yourself are in place.

Now, according to this principle, somerecreational activities. For example, Google has a whole service that allows you to visit museums, see what is inside, and do it from home completely free. But is it so good?


  • 1 How to visit the museum for free
  • 2 Virtual Museum in China
  • 3 Why virtual museums are bad
  • 4 How do virtual tours
  • 5 Is there a future for virtual reality
  • 6 What museums can be visited online

How to visit the museum for free

Indeed, you can visit the museum for free,if you just look at its panorama from the inside. There are also additional advantages besides the lack of payment. For example, you can take a closer look at the fact that museums are often located outside the public access area. For example, when enfilades enclose the inside and cannot be approached in order to examine a picture or tapestry pattern on a wall.

The real museum must still be monitored, and online only support the server.

Also such a way of visitingSights will be useful to people who want to get acquainted with the exposition, but can not do it. There can be many reasons, for example, the inability to leave home, lack of money or simply lack of free time. In such cases, when there is simply no alternative, even the possibility of a virtual sightseeing will be very pleasant.

Some attractions cost enoughexpensive and, for example, visiting Peterhof in St. Petersburg costs 900 rubles and not everyone will want to pay so much “for visiting the park”, albeit a beautiful one. And if you take a ticket for a family, then the price rises accordingly several times.

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Even if you visited some museum, it’s for youI liked it very much and you absolutely did not regret the money spent, after a while the exposition may change a little, but not enough to go to another city. Just look at the changes in the virtual tour.

Virtual Museum in China

Museums virtual tours are very popularare being recruited now in China. Let me remind you that now in this country a quarantine regime has been introduced and many Chinese are simply sitting at home. You can play computer games, watch movies, read books and the like, but many want something else. There are even statistics prepared by Gamma Data Corp. According to the data, the income from the sale of the ten most popular games for the iPhone increased during the forced isolation by an average of forty percent. Some games have generally doubled sales.

According to Gamma Data Corp, revenuefrom sales of the 10 most popular games for the iPhone have increased by an average of 40 percent over the past two weeks. The growth in popularity of games from the Top 60 in some cases reached 100 percent, writes Zhongxinwan.

For them, those museums that have not yet prepared virtual tours are actively preparing a similar service. For example, museums in Liaoning, including the Museum of the Imperial Palace.

In such tours, “visitors” can not justvirtually walk through the territory of the museum, but also listen to the comments of the audio guide while examining exhibits specially prepared for this place. Considering that the majority of museum tours are now made in this format, this does not lead to additional costs. Simply upload the audio guide to the server and you're done.

The contents of this box can simply be uploaded to the server with photos and the tour is almost ready. The second time you do not need to invite the speaker.

Some museums are even preparing for such museums.special exhibits. For example, some especially valuable items in storage can be placed in the halls for shooting. After that, they will be removed again and they can be seen only on the screen.

Such museums may be free ifvirtual tours will be paid by advertisers or the government as part of a program to increase the cultural level of the population. True, it will be necessary to pay not only for the creation of the system, but also to block the loss from a decrease in the number of offline visitors.

If no one wants to pay for such work, museums may charge visitors. In this case, the price should be lower, as the costs will be lower.

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As you can see, from this method you can make only one pluses, among which entertainment at a time when entire cities can not leave the house. But this is not entirely true and cons will also be enough.

Why virtual museums are bad

The main drawback of virtual museums will bethat everything around is fake. That is, you can’t make out the details of the work and feel the presence of what was painted 500 years ago, forged 1,500 years ago or buried in the ground 10,000 years ago. It is these feelings that are an important point in visiting historical museums.

In museums of modern art is very importantis how exhibits are placed in space relative to each other. This can be seen with lateral vision, but completely not notice on the screen. In addition, many museums have exhibits that should cause a tactile response. For example, you can touch, smell, or listen to something.

In some museums, you can touch the exhibits and even participate in various entertaining and educational activities. This is especially interesting for children.

The Lunnusad Museum in Tallinn isseaplane hangar, in which there are many examples of equipment and even a real submarine, into which you can go and walk through the compartments. You can also take a picture of this and prepare a virtual tour, but the sensations will be completely different from those that you actually get inside this “vessel”.

If you are fond of painting and versed inapplying strokes or types of paint, visiting art galleries will turn for you just into viewing pictures and you will not be able to discern the master’s work technique and how he worked on his work.

As a result, we get the result, but it will bea little synthetic. Even if you use virtual reality glasses, the effect will still be different. We will receive information, but we will not receive sensation. It's like looking at a photo of nature, but not smelling meadow flowers, listening to music on headphones, not going to a concert, or watching football on TV, rather than going to the stadium. Yes, at some points you will get even more information, but you will not plunge into this atmosphere.

And another minus is that in the futurethis will reduce the popularity of travel as such. We have already stopped doing a lot, replacing it with a computer. For example, going to the cinema, replacing it with streaming services, meeting people, preferring messengers, or “chasing the ball”, preferring FIFA on the PlayStation. It is simpler and more convenient, but the sensations are not the same as they say.

Would you like such a life?

Not so long ago in the editorial office we joked onvisiting the mausoleum in VR glasses. It’s even inconvenient to print topics that we’ve reached. The fact is that virtual tours can be brought to the point of absurdity and dream up something that was not exactly intended by the creators of the technology.

How do virtual tours

In fact, creating a virtual tour is not enoughhow it differs from the preparation of street panoramas by large cartographic services. First of all, it is necessary to prepare the premises. Since you are unlikely to want to look at the exhibits through people who also fall into the frame, you need to choose a time for shooting. The morning before the opening is perfect, when the light will come from the windows, but the halls will be empty.

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Shooting is carried out both on a panoramic camera and onordinary. The first is needed for orientation in the hall, so you can look around, and the second in order to see the details. For example, a picture or other exhibit.

The captured panoramic picture is almost ready for placement on a virtual tour.

Actually that's almost all. The task at the first stage is to capture as much as possible everything that is in the room. After that, it remains only to understand how to present it and with the help of special software to assemble in a finished tour. Panoramas are arranged in the desired sequence, and individual photos are embedded in them. On top of all this, accompanying texts and audio guide recordings are superimposed.

Technically, the process does not look complicated if you have a ready-made site that large studios have. There are more difficulties with design and administrative work.

Is there a future for virtual reality

Many people think that virtual reality doesn’t haveof the future. Rumor has it that the present future is augmented reality. It’s hard to agree with this, because with all the advantages of AR, this is just a “drafting”. Only a VR can reproduce a world that does not really exist or is simply not nearby, as is the case with virtual museums.

That is why VR will exist separately fromAR. If we talk about the same museums, AR will be relevant for a physical visit for more information, and VR for a remote one. Although, I am still convinced that such places should be visited with my own feet. Anyway, the virtual world is very convenient and its benefits should be used, but the real world should not be forgotten.

It may sound very old fashioned and notit’s modern for the author of one of the largest sites on high technologies, but I believe that one should not lose touch with reality and high technologies should complement real life, and not replace it, reducing activity only to the satisfaction of physical needs. Someday, we will all load into a conditional matrix, but for now we need to enjoy what is around us. Of course, if there is such an opportunity. If not, virtual tours can also be used for general development.

What museums can be visited online

If you want to visit the virtual museum, their list can be easily google on request "museums online." For example, here is a list of several museums for such a visit.

Here is a list of some of the most interesting options:
Museum of Fine Arts (Houston)
White House (Washington)
State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg)
Berlin Picture Gallery (Berlin)
Mosfilm Cinema Concern (Moscow)