Artbit is Digitizing The Art World

When Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel in the 16th century, few people around the world had the opportunity to admire it, or even knew it existed. Now, with the digitization of the art world, there exists an endless number of ways to create, experience and interact with art.

From sketching and design software to online art auctions, dozens of artsy apps are now at our fingertips. And with the ever-booming global art market valued at $70 billion, a myriad of startups are looking to capitalize on that success.

Even giant search engine Google has come up with its own art app. Called Arts & Culture, this mobile app lets you discover the stories behind artworks hung at over 1,000 museums around the world, and search the huge database by color, time period and other keywords.

But some of the most innovative apps and online platforms that are at the forefront of digitizing the art world were developed in Israel. NoCamels highlights five of them.

Artbit: The Shazam of artwork

Most of us know Shazam, the app that identifies the titles of songs simply by “listening” to them. Israeli app Artbit does the same for works of art. Just point to a painting hung in a museum or drawn on a wall, snap a picture of it using your smartphone, and voila: the app tells you everything about that piece, from the artist who painted it to their life’s work.

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Artbit Selected as Best App by Tech Cocktail

Welcome to 2016, where technology is advanced, responses are immediate, information is readily available…and we are lazy. Now don’t get me wrong – I love lazy. I respect lazy. And I think lazy is highly underrated.

Thanks to current technology I can video call, text, message, call, email, snap, tag, tweet and more, all from a device that fits in my back pocket. But having so much stimulation can be a bit overwhelming, #amirite? The key is finding a balance between staying connected and still exercising the right to be lazy. Not in a “let’s all skip work and watch netflix on the couch for the week” kind of way. I’m talking about taking advantage of the applications at our disposal so we can maximize our energy, time and efforts. When exercising my right to be lazy, I go to these apps:

This one is for all of the art buffs out there. Artbit is really easy, as you all you need to do is snap a work of art within the app and it instantly identifies and provides information about that specific piece. It even gives you audio explanations. No need to research any artworks, Artbit is great for when you’re in a museum, as all of the relevant information is available at your fingertips.

Even better, they have a map that navigates you to nearby exhibits and street art. No need to plan your route – the app does it for you.


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