Microsoft and A_DA rebuild Ancient Olympia for new AR experience

Microsoft and New York-based experience design studio A_DA have returned the site of the first Olympic Stadium to its former glory using AI and augmented reality (AR).

The Ancient Greek sanctuary of Olympia birthed the Olympic Games more than 2,000 years ago. It was also the site of the 41-metre-high Statue of Zeus, designed and built by the famed Greek sculptor Phidias.

Once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the statue has long been lost to time – as have many of the other architectural elements that once stood on the important site. As part of Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage programme, the company and A_DA has used cutting-edge tech to rebuild the site for visitors to explore in-person and digitally.

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