Google’s augmented reality search takes advantage of your smartphone’s camera, accelerometer, and processors to simulate life-size objects in your environment. The tool is available on both Android devices and the iPhone as well as iPad, and is also used in the Google Arts & Culture app for artwork.
To view 3D objects with Google’s augmented reality feature, you will first need a smartphone or tablet that supports ARCore (Android 7 or higher) or ARKit (iOS/iPadOS 11 or higher).
Using all of the various smartphone processors simultaneously does consume a lot of battery and heat up the device – it is somewhat akin to playing a game with all of the bells and whistles turned on. Therefore, before using this feature, it is highly recommended charging your device until it is full and not use the augmented reality feature if the smartphone/tablet is hot to the touch.
To demonstrate how to use Google’s augmented reality feature, let’s take a look at a cat as an example. Apparently, this is a hugely popular search term on the Internet…
- Search for “cat” or use a compatible search term (check out the list below).
- In the results screen, tap the View in 3D button.
- In the 3D display, tap the View in your space button.
- Authorize access for the device camera and follow the given instructions as you pan across your current environment.
The augmented reality display lets you capture photos or record videos by interacting with the 3D animation, just like how a regular camera app does. In addition, some search terms offer the option to view related subjects in 3D – such as “More Animals” in the example above. Fancy having a giant panda in your living room?
Pomeranian, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, French Bulldog, Pug, and different cat breeds.
Tiger, giant panda, leopard, goat, cheetah, pony, grizzly bear, wolf, Shetland pony, python, Arabian horse, raccoon, hedgehog, and deer.
Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, and Parasaurolophus.
Mallard, alligator, white shark, octopus, anglerfish, and sea turtle.
Macaw, emperor penguin, and eagle.
Simone Biles, Leticia Bufoni, Caleb Dressler, Naomi Osaka, and Megan Rapinoe.
Digestive system, respiratory system, endocrine system, female reproductive system, nervous system, lymphatic system, male reproductive system, integumentary system, excretory system, peripheral nervous system, urinary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and circulatory system.
Monocot, dicot, eukaryotic chromosome structure, red blood cell, monocyte, neutrophil, basophil, and eosinophil.
Solenoid, Organic functions, organic chemistry, methyl acetate, propanol, salicylic acid, 1-bromobutane, hydrocarbon, alkane, electrolyte, ionic bondo ionic bond, covalent bond, chemical bond, metal bond, chemical compound, ethene, hybridization, and quantum mechanical model.
Chichén Itzá, Brandenburg Gate, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Gateway to India, Chauvet Cave, Ahu Nau Nau, and Apollo 11 command module.
Ultraman , Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Belial, Gomora, Evangelion, Gundam(Gundam Odysseus, Gundam XI, Gundam Penelope), Cogimyun, Taiko no Tatsujin, Pac-man, Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, and Kiki and Lala.
Did you know about Google’s augmented reality feature before this? Do you like playing around with it? What other augmented or virtual reality features do you often use on your smartphone or tablet?