Did you know you can turn your living room into a real-life zoo? well now you do, using Google Augmented Reality (AR) you can bring 3D objects, life-sized animals, cars, shoes, and even astronauts into your space.
If the quarantine has you bored, you may want to check out all the new features Google search is offering right from the comfort of your own home.
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“AR in Search lets you bring 3D objects and animals into your space so you can turn your living room into a virtual zoo, explore the Apollo 11 spacecraft up close, or take a picture with Santa.” said in a blog post, Archana Kannan, Group Product Manager, AR Experiences Google.
For the first feature, Google has partnered with BioDigital to allow users to explore different body systems in AR. “Search for circulatory system and tap “View in 3D” to see a heart up close or look up skeletal system to trace the bones in the human body and see how they connect,” said Kannan.
From body parts to microorganisms, next on Google’s list of fun experiences is the microscopic world.
“Seeing is often understanding. But tiny organisms, like cells, are hard to visualize unless you can magnify them to understand what’s inside. We’ve partnered with Visible Body to create AR models of animal, plant and bacteria cells,” said Kannan.
You can also turn your quarantined home into an actual museum. “Search for Apollo 11 on your phone to see its command module in 3D, look up Neil Armstrong to get a life-size view of his spacesuit, or step inside the Chauvet Cave to get an up-close look at some of the world’s oldest known cave paintings, which are usually closed off to the public,” said Kannan.
If you’re curious to see what other AR items you can check out through Google Search, head to this help page which details every AR model available.
Cadillac, General Motors, Google, and ZeroLight have partnered to bring a 3D and AR experience for the new Cadillac XT6 to users on Google. The experience enables Cadillac fans and current or potential customers to explore the XT6 in 3D and then place it in their physical space in AR, all directly from Google Search in Chrome. Just Google “XT6” and press view in 3D.
PS. your phone has to be able to support Google AR services, duuh! Head over to the Google Support Page for AR and search for the name of your phone in the list of supported devices.