Phones recognise artworks
17 March, 2017
A new smartphone application scans artworks and provides users with information about their author and history, reports Artprice. The app is called Smartify and serves as your “personal digital art curator”. Its creator Thanos Kokkiniotis described it to News Scientist as a combination of the music discovery service Spotify and music recognition app Shazam - but for visual works.
Using advanced image recognition and augmented reality, Smartify provides people with additional information about artworks after a simple scan with their smartphone camera. You can also save a digital copy of your favourite painting to your personal virtual gallery.
The app should be available globally in May of this year for all the artworks at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Wallace Collection in London and selected artworks at the Louvre in Paris, France, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Smartify plans to expand its service to include information on collections of various museums around the world.
A similar app was developed in 2016 by German entrepreneur Magnus Resch, whose creation, immodestly called Magnus, was largely intended for trade purposes, pulling up the name of the artwork’s author and its price.
Once again, using their smartphone camera to scan the item, gallery visitors could receive information on the artist, title and painting technique as wells as market price data. However, the app angered many art dealers and Apple was inundated with complaints from popular websites supporting market price databases such as Artfacts and Artsy, who insisted that some of the data was copied from them without authorisation. Finally, in August of this year Magnus was removed from the AppStore but its creator plans to launch It again.