Smartify – Scan the art, uncover the story
BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz: "Smartify is the most elegant, unobtrusive, information-rich gallery guide I've seen. And it's free!"
New Scientist: “Image recognition app scans paintings to act like Shazam for art.”
Love visiting art galleries but miss not knowing the stories behind the artworks? Wish you could carry your favourite art with you, and show your collection to friends? Join the thousands of people who have used Smartify in museums and galleries across the world to discover and share art.
Hold your phone up to an artwork. The app will recognise the image and you'll be able to find out more about it immediately on your phone. Use the screen just like your phone camera - Tap the screen to focus and brighten, pinch to zoom in and out. No more squeezing through crowds to read that little label!
Scroll down to access audio commentary and additional information.
Swipe left to read about the artist.
Want to remember your favourite artworks? Simple. Tap the heart in the top right corner to add works to your personal collection.
Create a profile to keep art saved for you. Visit the ‘Profile’ page to sign in and edit settings.
To find out where you can use Smartify, plus trending artworks and highlights, tap ‘Explore’.
No fees or charges.
***Please note Smartify partners with museum and galleries to protect artist copyright and can only be used in specific venues. Visit the Explore page of the app for details***
***Where’s my art?***
You love the app but your favourite artwork or collection is not available yet. Drop us an message at email@example.com and we will move mountains to make things happen!
Smartify is a social enterprise whose mission is to help people make meaningful connections with art. We believe nothing beats the physical experience of visiting a museum and want to make it easy to discover, remember and share art. If you are inspired by our story and work, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smartify project is proud to be have been recognised for the following:
Winner 2018 - GloMo Awards: Most Innovative App;
Winner 2018 - Webby Awards: Art & Experimental;
Winner 2018 - Webby Awards: Best Use of Mobile Camera;
Winner 2017 - Apollo Awards: Digital Innovation of the Year;
Winner 2017 - ArtTech Forum EPFL: Start-up of the Year;
Winner 2017 - Start-Up & Scene Awards: Best Fine Art & Heritage;
Winner 2017 - The Good Web Guide Awards: Best Art & Culture;
Ever wondered how your favourite artworks would look in your living room? With our AR Gallery you can now find out!
Ratings and Reviews
Didn’t scan my tattoo nor give story behind why I got it
Imagine if this app could be used to scan everything you happen to see on any given day? Check the list of locations the app is currently available in so as to avoid making yourself look like a moron lol.. great app I was impressing my gf until she caught me using it lol
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your great feedback! Scanning tattoos is a good idea too 😉
Held my phone pointed at the painting for over a minute while it said “scanning “. App is poorly designed. Should be able to snap a photo of the painting and then let the algorithm process it, rather than having to stand there holding my phone forever on the painting. I am pretty sure that the app was never going to identify the painting even if I had waited an hour, but at least work from a photo instead of me trying to point my phone at the painting indefinitely. Lame, go fish.
They made comments to themselves on September 20th. 5 starts and all saying ‘great app’ when you go down you will find real feedbacks from real people about the app. I saw news on Twitter and I loved the idea even though app Name was kinda ridiculous and lame. I tried to use app but it definitely has problems like not instant scanning. I hope someone else gonna make this idea better with a better system and name.
Developer Response ,
Hi Rumithepurr, Thanks for your interest in Smartify and sorry to hear you were frustrated with the experience. The app will not scan 'any' artwork, but only art at venues where we are live. This is due to copyright and to get quality information. ;) You can see the full list in the app. We're working on including more.
- SMARTIFY CIC
- 104 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2016 SMARTIFY C.I.C.
- In-App Purchases
- Rudyard Kipling, Sir Philip... $0.99
- Girl with a Pearl Earring $0.99
- Starry Night $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.