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Matterport Pro2 3D Camera MC250

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Matterport Pro2 3D Camera Specifications

Size 9.0″ height / 10.25″ width / 4.38″ depth (229 x 260 x 111 mm)
Weight 6.5 lb (3.0 kg)
Operating Temperature 50º to 90º F (10 to 32° C)
Storage Temperature 32º to 104º F (0 to 40° C)
Battery Capacity About 8 hours (continuous use) via 2 packs at 77 Whr each, permanently installed. 8 cells per battery, 9.6 Whr per cell.
Charge Time 4.5 hours
Camera Warmup Time 57 seconds
Capture Resolution 2K square per skybox face
Lens 4K Full Glass
Export images 8092px x 4552px
3D Sensing Structured light (infrared) 3D sensor
Range 15 ft (4.5 m) maximum range
3D Data Registration Automatic
Depth Resolution 10 points per degree (3600 points at equator, 1800 points at meridian, about 4 million points per pano)
Battery Lithium ion battery
Manufactured USA
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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Multicultural Artists Examine Forgiveness, Identity, and Heritage | November 6, 2020

Based in Lower Manhattan, New York, apexart is a non-profit arts organization with a mission to challenge our notions of culture, art, exhibitions, and curation. Featuring emerging and established artists alike, its seasoned curators select some of the most striking and thought-provoking works of today.

This Fall, the “Elongated Shadows” exhibition with work by artists Kei Ito, Migiwa Orimo, Azumi O E, Suzanne Hodes, Andrew Paul Keiper, and Air Beser, winners of apexart’s juried Open Calls program. A poignant multimedia collection examining the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, each piece explores the facets of the horrific event. The work delves in from the view of the Americans who designed and detonated the bombs, the impact on those who fell victim to the attacks, and the trauma inherited by younger generations.

Lisa Vagnoni, web director at apexart, talks a bit about the creation of the Matterport 3D tour of this exhibition, and its role in sharing and educating in a greater context. “Elongated Shadows” is viewable at apexart until October 24, 2020 by private showing, admitting one person or part at a time.

Q: What inspired the 3D capture of the “Elongated Shadows” exhibition?

After the pandemic hit, and it became clear many spaces were going to limit in-person access to their exhibitions, we wanted to find a way to provide a more accessible virtual option, beyond the standard approach many galleries took in placing all the works on a webpage and calling that page an online exhibition. The 3D capture allows a degree of exploration and engagement that is not otherwise possible on a scrolling webpage and feels a bit funkier and more interesting than a fully computer-generated virtual space.

Q: What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why?

In addition to the actual works captured for the Matterport space, we have included all the supplemental content you would have access to in the real gallery, like the dual-language brochure, checklist, related events, and a donation link; in addition to some that you wouldn’t, like video interviews with the curator and artists. In expanding upon the content included in the exhibition like this, we hope that visitors will be encouraged to take a deep dive into the themes explored. As a non-profit educational arts organization, these tools help us expand upon a robust learning element in our exhibitions.

Q: What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after exploring “Elongated Shadows”?

The topic of the exhibition may appear to be pretty far removed from what is going on in the world today. We hope that in exploring the myriad viewpoints of artists connected to the development of the bombs, and third-generation survivors of the bombings, visitors will be prompted to reflect on themes of forgiveness, identity, and heritage.

Q: You’ve included some audio clips via Mattertag for some of the pieces. How does this added sensory piece help bring the piece to life in the 3D tour?

The piece Afterimage Requiem by Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper is a combination visual and audio piece, with Ito creating the prints and Keiper creating the audio, and these elements are intended to be experienced in tandem like this, as you would hear its sound while viewing the prints in the real gallery space. Just like in the exhibition space itself, when listening to the audio in the Matterport, one feels transported to the different locations where Keiper did field recordings for the work.

Q: The gallery viewing of this exhibition was delayed due to Covid-19. How did you cope with the uncertainty?

We took it one week at a time and adjusted our public communication as new information for New York City developed. And in line with the city’s reopening plan, we have expanded from online-only to combination online-and-in-person with cautionary measures in place. Initially, it was a question of trusting the shutdown to do its thing and lead to a reduction in cases, and we just had to get creative in adapting the exhibitions and programming to online in order to wait out that period. There was a lot of faith, innovation, and improvisation involved.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

We encourage all of our Matterport visitors to get the full online experience of Elongated Shadows at apexart.org/faust.php, and anyone interested in applying as a curator for our next season to check out our Open Call at apexart.org/opencalls.html

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Bring on the Heat with a Virtual Fire Station Field Trip

While the grade school field trip to a fire station may be the most recent visit for many, The Duxbury Fire Department in Duxbury, Massachusetts has brought its fire station virtual and lets visitors experience what it’s like to be a first responder like never before. From a ride-along on the Duxbury brush truck, experiencing a real-life mud rescue and even looking at the extension of the 105-foot ladder from one of the station’s largest fire trucks, this experience is unbeatable.

A traditional fire department tour takes visitors through the station while showing off the fire engines and the importance of fire safety. With this Matterport 3D tour, the Duxbury Fire Station can be explored from anywhere, at any time to learn about the fire engines, rescue boats, ambulances and more.

While roaming the model, take a look at the Mattertags with videos and descriptions to get a true feel for the various equipment used for emergencies – you might get a more in-depth understanding about firefighting than if you were visiting in-person.

There is even the opportunity for young visitors to earn their junior firefighter certification, with a quest leading throughout the model to report findings to the captain. Find the quest on the Duxbury Fire Department website under education and download the Firefighter Quest PDF to start.

We spoke with the creator of this incredible virtual experience, Jessica Laaper, video photographer and web designer for J.Laaper Studios to learn what it was like to create the model.

Q: What inspired the 3D capture of the Duxbury Fire Station?

Since the start of Covid-19, many of the places that were once open to the public have been closed, causing some traditions to be put on hold. One of those time-tested traditions was our town’s annual fire department open house. Every year, the Duxbury Fire Department would open their doors to the community to learn about the firehouse, the fire and rescue apparatus and most importantly, fire prevention. Since the community can’t visit the firehouse this year, we thought we would bring the firehouse to them.

One of the critical functions of the Fire Department is to teach public safety and fire prevention. They do this through both the open house and in-school classroom curriculum, which due to Covid, could not be done either. Through the use of the Matterport model, we were able to “virtually re-open” the fire department and also integrate it into the virtual fire prevention school curriculum, making it a powerful education tool for public safety awareness and fire prevention.

Q: What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why?

When developing the Matterport model, we realized that a “virtual” visitor could do a few things in the model that they couldn’t normally do in-person. One of the most exciting is climbing on top of the ladder truck. The view down the center of the aerial ladder is amazing and is not something “in-person” visitors would normally be able to do.

Some other highlights from the Matterport Model is the brush truck which includes a “ride-along” video and Engine 2 which makes good use of Mattertags to describe the details of each of the apparatus compartments.

We have many Mattertags in the model which contain videos and “informational gems.”  Half of the excitement of the Duxbury Fire Station model is being able to explore all the additional content in pictures and videos. We have even created a “Firefighter Quest” for our younger visitors, which is similar to a scavenger hunt. In the quest, the children search for the answers in the model and once finished they email the quest to the Duxbury Fire Department to receive a personalized junior firefighter certificate.

Q: How will the model of the Duxbury Fire Station be used (first responder training, community virtual tours, etc.)?

The model will be used for community virtual tours and fire prevention education. Additionally, the models and Mattertags can be utilized as part of new firefighter education for equipment location/identification (Engine 2) as well as proper apparatus operation (Ladder 1).

Q: What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after exploring the Duxbury Fire Station?

The primary purpose of our model of the Duxbury Fire Station is education. We want all visitors to have a better appreciation for fire safety and prevention, understand what firefighters do, and some basics about how they help in an emergency.

But most of all, we want our visitors to learn and enjoy exploring the firehouse.

Q: What were some of the challenges of scanning such a unique space with all of the large engines, equipment, etc.?

There were two big challenges with scanning a complex space such as the apparatus bay. The first was capturing scans from multiple vantage points and heights. This meant climbing on top of all the trucks to collect the necessary scans to create a high-quality model. The other challenge was timing as scanning the apparatus bay took several hours and during that time the fire department received calls they needed the equipment for.  Each time we had to pause until the trucks were back and placed in exactly the same location.

Q: What was your favorite part about capturing the Duxbury Fire Station in 3D?

My favorite part of capturing the Duxbury Fire Station in 3D was learning about all of the trucks, equipment, and how firefighters use these tools to save lives and prevent loss.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

We invite you to visit the Duxbury Fire Department at http://duxburyfire.org to explore our virtual tour and to complete the quest.  In addition, we are expanding our public education to include the recently renovated “Next-Generation” Regional 911 center to help increase awareness of how the 911 system works.

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The Birthplace of the Automobile Revolution

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As the birthplace of the Ford Model T, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was the Ford Motor Company’s first factory where automobiles were manufactured and assembled. The very first 12,000 Model T cars were assembled here, then delivered by railroad. Ford Models B, C, F, K, R, and S were also assembled at the plant.

After the Ford Motor Company relocated in 1910, this stunning late Victorian style brick building with wooden post and beam frame was occupied by other Studebaker automobiles, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company and Cadillac. Almost doomed for demolition, the non-profit organization – The Model-T Automotive Heritage Complex, Inc. – stepped in to preserve the historic plant in 2000.

The plant was restored and transformed into a museum and education center for visitors from around the globe. Today, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is one of the most compelling automotive heritage sites committed to preserving the historic building and creating a window into the early automotive innovation in Detroit. We caught up with Executive Director, David Platt, to talk about the Plant’s collaboration with Matterport.

Q: What inspired the 3D capture of Ford Piquette?

RJ Pittman, CEO Matterport, visited the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant with his family.  His father Ray Pittman is on our board and he helped set up the tour. I met with RJ and his family that day and he discussed with me the possibility of doing a 3D tour of the museum.  RJ sent me a link to a 3D tour of a French Villa and I was very impressed with the quality.

Q: What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why. 

The “must-sees” at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant include Henry Ford’s office, the “Secret Experimental” room where the Ford Model T was invented and designed, the station assembly exhibit, the Ford dealership display, and the Porter “Alphabet” car collection which is the only complete collection of early Ford cars on display.

Q: What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after enjoying Ford Piquette in 3D?

The main take away I want people to see after enjoying the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is how unique the facility is in regards to architecture and car collection.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

I am glad to have the high quality 3D virtual tour of the museum on our website which has greatly enhanced the online visitor experience to the museum. Hundreds of people view this tour on a weekly basis. During times when the museum has been closed, it has allowed visitors the opportunity to go on a virtual tour any time of the day, seven days a week. People all over the world are able to visit and students from any school have an equal chance to see the museum.  The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a better place for having a 3D virtual tour available for our guests and we greatly appreciate the hard work of Matterport and VTS for making it all possible.

To learn more about the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, please visit: https://www.fordpiquetteplant.org/.

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Don’t Cancel Your Museum Field Trip

Even though we’re spending more time at home these days, there are clever ways to see the world without having to travel. Attractions that draw thousands of visitors each day are being explored virtually through digital twins captured with Matterport.

We invite you to immerse yourself in our true-to-life 3D walkthroughs of these European museums, and learn more about the exhibits through our Mattertags. This is great news for many schools transitioning to virtual education – the field trip to the museum doesn’t have to be canceled. Students can even visit multiple museums in one day!

So go ahead, step inside these immersive digital twins and click on the circular Mattertags to discover more.

Museu de Lisboa, Exposição “Corpus Christi” – Lisbon, Portugal

The Museu de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal presented the exhibition of the Corpus Christie – or the Body of God procession – by businessman Diamantino Tojal. The exhibition displays 1,587 clay miniatures hand-molded by Tojal between 1944 and 1948 and portrays the Corpus Christi procession as it happened in the 18th century. The glass case of figurines was set in the middle of the Convento da Graça, whose floor is inlaid with red, white and black fossiliferous limestone and whose walls are adorned with panels of 18th century azulejos depicting Augustinian missionaries in Asia. This 2017 exhibition was the first time the piece had been presented since 1948.

Airbus Visitor Centre – Broughton, United Kingdom

An entertaining and visually charming exhibition, the Airbus Visitor Centre showcases nearly 75 years of aerospace manufacturing. The headquarters in Broughton, North Wales assembles wings for the Airbus family of commercial aircraft. The exhibition features an actual piece of an Airbus A350 wingtip along with interactive stations. Broughton is also the birthplace of the de Havilland Comet, the world’s first commercial jetliner, and the de Havilland Mosquito, a British twin-engine, multirole combat aircraft.

Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM) – Barcelona, Spain

Located within Gomis Palace in the heart of Barcelona, the European Museum of Modern Art, also known as Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM), opened in June 2011 under the sponsorship of the Foundation for the Arts and Artists. The museum promotes figurative art from the 20th and 21st Centuries. Gomis Palace, or Palau Gomis, is nestled in a culturally vibrant neighborhood with the old-world charm the city, weaving together tradition with modernity.

The National Museum of Computing – Bletchley, United Kingdom

Housing the world’s most extensive collection of computers throughout history, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is considered one of England’s top 100 “irreplaceable places.” The museum collects and restores historic computer systems and many of the exhibits are in working order. Block H, the building in which TNMOC is located, was the world’s first computer center and was home to six Colossus computers in World War II. The museum follows the evolution of computing from the Turing-Welchman Bombe through mobile computing.

Athy Heritage Centre-Shackleton Museum – Kildare, Ireland

Celebrating the lives and achievements of the town and the local area, Athy Heritage Centre features the only permanent exhibition on Ernest Shackleton, an Irish explorer who led three expeditions to the Antarctic. The original sledge and harness from the expeditions are on display, along with a model of the Endurance, Shackleton’s triple mast barquentine that sailed on the legendary 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Visitors can also watch video footage captured by Frank Hurley, who served as the official photographer for the Antarctic expeditions.