Google 3D animals is the latest augmented reality (AR) development from the tech giant that allows you to virtually project some of the rarest and most exotic beasts directly into your home. Simply, this feature is an AR system that projects the creature into your phone’s screen. By seeing things in AR, you can see the scale of an object and also details you might not notice from a static image. The technology reimagines a real subject, captured on video or camera, by ‘augments’ with an extra of digital information. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), AR does not create a new artificial environment to replace the physical one. AR is viewed within the existing environment, with additional layers of information, such as sounds, videos, graphics added on top. This process provides a view of the physical real-world environment with superimposed computer-generated images placed on top, thus changing the perception of reality.
How to access Google’s 3D Animals and Objects?
To access Google’s 3D Animals and other Objects. Just search for a supported animal as you normally would in Google on a mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet (3D Animals won’t show up on a desktop or laptop computer). If the animal is a supported one, you’ll see a Google Search Knowledge Panel similar to the one that would appear for celebrities and movies.
Here’s what this process looks like on a step-by-step basis:
1-Open Google search on your phone.
2-Search for a supported 3D animal/object (we’re using “cat” for this example).
3-Tap the View in 3D button.
There are a ton of 3D items you can view in Google Search, but for a lot of people, the most fun to use and interact with will be the animals. Whether you want to view something common like a cat or something extravagant like a shark, Google has you covered with a wide array of different animals.
What animals can you find?
First, it gained popularity when people realised they could see a huge 3D panda when they googled the animal – but there’s a large variety of animals the feature works for.
You can also find :
Google hasn’t limited the feature to just animals, as it also has a number of space objects like planets and satellites. Apart from this, the search engine giant has also collaborated with certain websites and brands to showcase their products. Moreover, the company also allows the human skeleton to be viewed in 3D. You can even see prehistoric dinosaurs as well, including::
It’s an endless list you and your kids could discover many more to learn about. For the kids staying indoor with their parent, this provides a fun new way to learn about their favourite animals.
How do you use Google’s 3D Animals and Objects in AR?
In the AR view, move your phone around the room to map and process your surroundings. The animal will soon pop up, blended in with your environment. This might take a few tries, so be patient. Once it works, the animal will appear on your floor, perched atop a shelf, on your computer desk, or wherever you want to place it.
1-When viewing a 3D animal/object in Object view, tap View in your space.
2-Tap Give access.
3-Tap Allow all the time.
4-Your 3D animal/object will appear before your eyes.
5-Move around with your phone to look at it from different angles.
If you want to change the orientation of the animal to see the backside then hold one finger on the animal/object and rotate it with another. You don’t get the same 360-degree ability to view things like the underside or top of a duck as you would in Object view, but you can turn the animal around so it’s facing different directions.
If you hold the phone still, the animals will do things on their own, too (like wag a tail, hop, or sniff). The tiger, for example, will open its mouth to roar and the snake will inspect its surroundings.
Google 3D Animals are fun & educational
Once you discover Google 3D Animals, it’s super fun & exciting for kids, especially who enjoys exploring different animals in full 360-degree, 3D views, exploring every inch of their bodies and surfaces. And you can have tons of fun placing the animals into your own environments using the AR View. It’s a fun activity at the moment, or even snap photos and send to others to confuse or scare them into thinking there’s a snake in your trash can or a raccoon in your garden.
As we delve into the other objects that Google offers in 3D, the educational component becomes even more apparent. Students in specific fields can get an up-close look at everything from the planets to the human body that provides far more detail and perspective than a textbook, or even a web page, ever could.