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Conserving and Advancing Cultural Heritage through Digital Technology

Image of using a head-mounted display for art appreciation

DNP's technology for high-precision digitization and high-definition reproduction

DNP is engaged in digital archiving using photogrammetry. By digitally capturing cultural properties from various angles and analyzes the images to generate 3DCG, this technology has been successfully applied to various projects, including terrestrial globes, celestial globes, and ceiling paintings at the National Library of France, cultural properties in Kyoto, and ancient ruins in the Tohoku region, the northern Japan.

Preserving precious cultural treasures and artworks while enriching people's new appreciation experiences

Art galleries and museums find themselves in a dilemma—eager to share historically valuable cultural properties and works of art with as many people as possible, yet concerned about potential deterioration from public display. DNP addresses this challenge by combining preservation and disclosure through XR (Extended Reality) content using digital data and high-definition reproductions, offering a novel viewing experience unique to the digital realm.

Illustration showing the appreciation of 3D digitalized data of historical buildings and artworks, achieved through high-precision photography.

High-precision photography and data conversion technology

  • ©DNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 2015, with the courtesy of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

    High-precision photography and data conversion technology

    Digitizing all objects

    We meticulously measure and photograph all objects, including historical buildings and works of art, with precision, preserving them as digital data. This data serves for hybrid digital and analog expressions, like XR content in virtual spaces and realistic reproductions.

    We employ advanced photogrammetry technology, capturing photographs of a single object from various angles to generate detailed 3D data.

    ⓒDNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 2021, with the courtesy of the Bibliotheque nationale de France

New viewing experience

  • ⓒDNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 2021, with the courtesy of the Bibliotheque nationale de France.

    Art viewing tool exploring and walking through virtual spaces

    Immersive cultural and artistic experiences through virtual reality (VR)

    This system enables visitors to explore historical buildings and works of art by wearing a head-mounted display and strolling around the VR space using their own feet. Incorporating real-world elements like handrails enhances the sense of being in the actual environment despite the virtual reality setting. The system broadens the spectrum of art experiences, allowing the viewing of artworks that may be inaccessible up close, such as ceiling paintings, or enjoying them online.

    It incorporates redirected walking technology, introducing a slight discrepancy between the movement in the real world and the movement in the VR space. This creates a realistic sense of movement in confined spaces, resembling extensive movements in a larger VR space.

    ⓒDNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 2021, with the courtesy of the Bibliotheque nationale de France.

  • ⓒDNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 2021, with the courtesy of the Bibliotheque nationale de France.

    Virtual cube for interest-sparking art viewing

    Fostering inquisitive understanding of culture and art

    This innovative cube-shaped interface empowers museums and art galleries to showcase works and materials from their collections through diverse perspectives. A server-less SaaS option is also available.

    DNP's uniquely developed user interface offers visually intuitive representations of the connections between artworks and their explanations within a three-dimensional space.

Reproduction through printing technology

  • High-definition reproductions of traditional masterpieces

    Balancing the preservation and public presentation of cultural assets and artworks

    This exceptional reproduction of cultural properties harmonizes exquisite fidelity with durability. It addresses the challenge of balancing the desire to showcase valuable cultural assets widely and the necessity to manage deterioration resulting from such displays.

    We authentically reproduce original works by merging high-definition digital technology with traditional craftsmanship. Notably, DNP's patented technology, printing directly on gold leaf, faithfully reproduces artworks with gold-ground elements.

  • High-definition output technology

    Faithfully replicating textures with precision

    This technology meticulously reproduces original paintings and illustrations, aiming for color tones that closely resemble the authenticity of the originals. In addition to capturing the precise color tones, we pay careful attention to preserving the brush strokes and textures.

    Digital image processing is applied to high-definition digital input data using DNP's dedicated color tables designed for accurate reproductions.

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DNP’s core technologies cultivated from the printing process

Since our founding, DNP has developed its core technologies by incorporating the latest advancements into its proprietary technologies derived from the printing process, and by upgrading and synergizing each of these technologies.

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