Lithuania built a “Stargate” to help connect people

portal in Vilnius Lithuania
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The thing with technology and connecting people is a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand you can text, hear and see someone on the other side of the world with something as small as a phone. But on the other hand a lot of people seem to be glued to those same phones, instead of connecting with the people around them. Well some engineers in Lithuania decided to make a piece of tech that people can only use to connect with each other. They ended up with something that looks a lot like the portal from Stargate.

Gigantic video conference

The portal was designed by engineers from the Creativity and Innovation Center at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania. The idea is that two portals actually work together and make it seem like you could just step through one to enter the location of the second. It’s basically a huge two-way video conference with large screens and cameras. According to its makers it’s kind of like a digital bridge, meant to encourage people to “rethink the meaning of unity.”

portal in Vilnius Lithuania
Image: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

The design of the portal is minimalist and sleek with LED-lightning to give the whole experience a futuristic feel. Judging from the video it must really feel like you’re looking into another world and could simply step through the portal to leave this reality.

At the moment the portal connects the city of Vilnius in Lithuania toLubin in Poland about 376 miles (600 kilometers) away. It seems like the perfect project for a time where people have been separated from loved ones and haven’t been able to travel. However the portal wasn’t created to address any Corona-related problems. The engineers actually started building it five years ago, but the timing of the launch couldn’t be more on point. “Meaningful projects like this one are born when diverse people succeed in working together and achieving synchronicity.”

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Source: Yanko Design
Header image: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

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