Create Zoological Magic Right Now with Your Phone and A Simple Google Search

There is a new augmented reality immersive experience to get engaged in these days out there. And that too, with your Android or iOS phones, right there where you are within a moment!

There is a set of 3D augmented reality animals available in the Google Search, including a Giant Panda, Lion, Tiger, Alligator, Angler fish, Brown bear, Cat, Cheetah, Dogs like Labrador Retriever, Pug, Rottweiler.

These are the most popular animals that have appeared in Google Search during the past week. Other animals include Duck, Eagle, Emperor penguin, Goat, Hedgehog, Horse, Macaw, Octopus, Racoon, Shark, Shetland pony, Snake, Turtle, and Wolf.

So, the idea is that once the animal appears on your screen, you will be asked if you want to see it in 3D. If you click for it, Google will ask if you want to watch it in “your space.”

Now that is where it gets really impressive! Google will ask for your permission to access your media gallery and your photos, and then your phone will sense for a white background. Once that is achieved, the animal of your choice will simply pop up on your screen with proper sound effects!

You can rotate your animal, move it, alter its size, and make it sit or walk anywhere you want. Be it your bed, the couch in your lounge or the floor or wherever you wish, and then you can click a picture and post it on your social media platforms.

Looking at social media posts from parents it appears their kids are enjoying this activity a lot. The lockdown and self-isolation measures that have been implemented since the rise of Coronavirus pandemic, children and parents are forced to stay within enclosed boundaries. Of course, children are at a loss of activities and parents are at a loss of ideas as to how to keep their kids busy! So, this Google 3D animal viewing in their space experience has provided them with a fantastic time-pass activity.

Kids are happy as they play with their animals, and parents can also use this opportunity to teach them about those animals and their natural habitat, and other information about the animal kingdom.

However, behind all this fun, these augmented reality 3D animal experiences are supported by Google’s ARCore technology, that also empowers Google Maps AR walking directions (AKA Live View).

The camera image and the motion sensors working in combination ensure the sensitive motion tracking, and devices have to pass a certification process for this tracking.

Another important thing is a powerful CPU that can run the effective real-time calculation for advanced AR capabilities with ARCore phones detecting depth.

An interesting fact is that a small circular button in the top-right corner can let the user turn on or off the feature of “object blending.” By doing this, the user can make a 3D animal appear behind something like furniture, instead of just physically and aimlessly standing in front of the scene.

A quick way to check whether your phone or tablet supports the full Google 3D animal experience is to see if the Google Play Services for AR app is installed on your phone or not, and by visiting the Play Store listing to check and make sure that it’s updated to the current version 1.16. Another simple way to simply check your phone in Google's ARCore supported device page.

Featured photo: Brian Clark / Twitter.
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