Google Museum Arts, Culture App: How To Find Your Portrait Face Match

17 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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Sometimes the Google Arts & Culture app's matches even reflect ongoing disputes over attribution. It pulls from Google's digital collection of artworks from museums around the world. One of these is the Twitter user catland rose dewitt bukater, who wrote that she was upset about the fact that the app was not available in Chicago.

When I first opened the app, I didn't really know what to do or where to go.

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The new "face map" feature, however, is restricted to the U.S. though it could reportedly be accessed through VPN connections in some European territories like France. After installing the VPN app, "Switch Location" should be enabled to select the US from the list.

Explaining why the app is not available outside the app, a Google spokesperson told The Sun, "This is an experiment that's only available in parts of the United States right now, but we're glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art". Make sure VPN is turned on and location should be set to the USA.

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Using the Google app to find a doppelganger is easy, and requires just a few steps. "Google is not using these selfies for anything other than art matches", Patrick Lenihan, a company spokesman, said. The section says " Is your Portrait in a museum?".

Users then need to scroll down to a card in the app, saying "Is your portrait in a museum?" and then click "I Accept". The company also says it will not use data from the photo for any other objective, and will only store the photo for the time it takes to search for matches.

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The ability to compare your face to famous works of art, however, is a new feature. Google has partnered with museums across the world for this app. Users will have to give this app access to the front camera in order to allow the selfies. Be warned, the results might not always be the most appealing. But its the new "experimental" function, which matches your smartphone selfie with a painted self-portrait, that finally gained the app some attention.


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