Augmented reality, sometimes known as AR, is a technology that enables computer-generated pictures to be projected onto specialized eyewear, such as glasses. When seen via eyeglasses, the visuals appear in conjunction with other elements in the vicinity. Collaboration between Microsoft and the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport has resulted in this project. Microsoft received assistance from the government in mapping and developing virtual representations of Olympia.
Ancient Greek games were held in the city for more than a thousand years before they were adapted to serve as the model for the modern Olympics. During a video speech during the launch event, Microsoft President Brad Smith remarked, “It’s a watershed moment… that has allowed us to bring technology, culture, and history together to preserve it.” Using the application, users may virtually stroll among the ruins of Olympia. People may now visit the Olympic Museum in Athens and get a similar experience using Microsoft’s augmented reality goggles.
The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, joined a group of children and teenagers using the app for the first time. Using their smartphones, students from a local middle school inspected landmarks and buildings that had been brought to life. Inside and outside places where ancient Olympians competed, various sports were available to visit visually and physically.
Panagiotis Christopoulos, one of the young people who participated, praised the effort as “wonderful.” “I feel it may help with school lessons,” the child expressed his belief. A series of imaging flights were conducted to assist the mapping of areas across Olympia. According to a $1 billion investment agreement with the Greek government, Microsoft wants to build several data hubs in and around Athens.