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Portal is designed by engineers at the Creativity and Innovation Centre(LinkMenu fabrikas) at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. It connects Lithuania to Poland and makes the 600-kilometer journey look like a jump over.
There have been many restrictions on the way you travel these days due to the covid pandemic. Portal uses technology that aims at helping connect people across countries. It is a massive circular installation that works as a two-way video conferencing platform, offering a virtual portal into different locations. Both the locations have large screens and cameras that broadcast live images between the two cities, a sort of digital bridge. The technology is meant to encourage people to rethink the meaning of unity according to the creators.
According to Benediktas Gylys, President of the Benediktas Gylys Foundation and who Go Vilnius credits as the “initiator” of the portal idea, “Humanity is facing many potentially deadly challenges; be it social polarization, climate change, or economic issues. However, if we look closely, it’s not a lack of brilliant scientists, activists, leaders, knowledge, or technology causing these challenges. It’s tribalism, a lack of empathy and a narrow perception of the world, which is often limited to our national borders.”
The portal took 5 years to come alive and is a joint project with the Benediktas Gylys Foundation, the City of Vilnius, the City of Lublin, and the Crossroads Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives.
Adas Meskenas, director of LinkMenu fabrikas said, “From design and 3D modeling to digital content development and logistic challenges – a project like this requires a broad and multifunctional team. Meaningful projects like this one are born when diverse people succeed in working together and achieving synchronicity.”
The idea is a bit corny, but at the end of the day just goes to show how technology makes the world smaller, closer, and more connected.