Google has been tinkering with augmented reality (AR), which it later introduced in 2019 as a new way for people to interact with their favorite animals online.
Now, the company has taken the experience a step further by allowing users to view 3D animals in their space, which brings the real-life-sized animal right in the surroundings. While the AR capability lets you see animals in 3D, most delightfully, it also allows you to view the animals in your space with the ability to take pictures with them.
This ability to meet a life-sized animal up close, let's say a tiger, could serve as a learning experience for children, and even bringing the knowledge of such prehistoric animals like the dinosaurs to live.
How to view 3D animals on Google?
First, you'll need to search for an animal on Google, for instance type in "shark" and beneath the image search results and the Wikipedia description of the panda, there is a little box that reads, “Meet a life-sized shark up close”.
Then click on the ‘view in 3D’ button, and select ‘view in your space’ to see the shark in your very own surroundings.
And note that Google will need access to your camera for it to be able to insert the tiger into your space. The list of animals available is quite limitless, with many more things to learn about them.
What Smartphones and Operating Systems are supported?
Google 3D Animal AR experience is available for both iOS and Android platforms, and requires Android 7.0 or later, with the Google Play store already installed, and internet access. While for iOS (iPhone users), your phone must be running iOS 11.0 or later and if your OS version is not current, you can find upgrade by heading to settings > general and then tap software update.
But your device must be AR enabled in order to access this feature, as advanced AR capability require smartphones to detect depth via ARCore technology.
And such capable devices have circular button in the top-right corner to allow you turn on/off “object blending” so that the 3D animal can appear right behind an object instead of just any space.