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Google 3D Animals

What is Google 3D animals?

With children being unable to attend school because of the Covid-19 lockdown, many of them are forced to stay inside, not being to do any recreational activities. Google, however, created an augmented reality app where people can see live full-size animals. How can they make full size animals? One of the functions of this AR app is to project creatures into your phone, using things in the frame as a scale.

AR is not the same as VR (virtual reality). The difference between augmented reality and virtual reality is that AR does not create a whole scenario in where you are put into, but rather manifest something that will be seen within the existing setting.

How to find animals in Google 3D Animals

According to an article on Manyofmany, the search is really easy. The user will just have to put the desired animals into the search bar and a Google Search Knowledge Panel will display. On it, an overview of the animal will display, along with a few images. In the panel will have a small section that says, “Meet a life-sized tiger up close” and a “View in 3D” button. Clicking on either of these will prompt it to open and will begin scaling your picture in frame for a life size animal.

Animal List

Animals that can been seen in the app are:

  • Alligator

  • Angler fish

  • Brown bear

  • Cat

  • Cheetah

  • Dog

  • Duck

  • Eagle

  • Emperor penguin

  • Goat

  • Hedgehog

  • Horse

  • Lion

  • Macaw

  • Octopus

  • Pug

  • Giant panda

  • Rottweiler

  • Shark

  • Shetland pony

  • Snake

  • Tiger

  • Turtle

  • Wolf

Google 3D animals aren't only limited to animals, however. People can search planets and human organisms and view them the same way they view animals.

Other apps like Google 3D animals

Though Augmented Reality seems like a new and interesting concept, many other apps did this. Several apps, such as BBC Civilizations AR, give you the ability to “admire various historical artifacts, locating, rotating and resizing them as you see fit.” SketchAR is another example, and you can trace onto a sheet of paper and it will manifest itself onto the screen. Another fun one is Pokémon Go! Yes, this is considered as Augmented Reality. Pokémon GO was a very successful app, not just for children, but even adults who had seen Pokémon when they were a child.

Augmented Reality seems like a bizarre idea, but so many apps are already using it. Try and download an AR today!

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