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Step through this portal and into a whole other city

Engineers in Vilnius, Lithuania built a ‘portal’ to Poland to help keep people connected.

Engineers at the Creativity and Innovation Centre at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania have been working on a virtual portal to connect humanity through two-way video conferencing neatly packaged into a Dr. Strange-esque contraption.

Serving as a digital bridge, this kind of technology is meant to encourage users to “rethink the meaning of unity,” by connecting people across the globe. It is an innovation meant to shrink our conception of the sheer size of the world we inhabit, by providing a digital and literal gateway to any location regardless of distance. Ultimately it begs the question: What would the world look like without borders, physical or otherwise.

“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.”

Benediktas Gylys, President of the Benediktas Gylys Foundation

The circular installment comes equipped with large screens and cameras to broadcast scenery from both cities and could be adapted by numerous other cities around the world.

The portal was the culmination of a five year effort.

600 KM

The portal provides a gateway to Poland, traversing a virtual distance of about 373 miles.

“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.”

Adas Meskenas, director of LinkMenu fabrikas

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