Despite that Apple was the first to announce its desire to develop augmented reality, Google managed to beat them to it. While Apple was engaged in improving the line app and mastering LIDAR technology, the search giant simply showed that augmented reality can really be useful in everyday life. A great example of this is the ability to search Google for three-dimensional images of animals and place them right in your home, studying their appearance and habits.
3D animals in Google
Google announced the appearance of three-dimensional animal figures last year at the Google I / O conference, but their range was rather scarce. Over time, designers have drawn more shapes that are now available to everyone, or almost everyone.
What animals are on Google:
- Brown bear
- Emperor penguin
- Scottish pony
As you can see, the list of available models is extensive and includes many popular animals. Nevertheless, it’s obvious it’s too early to stop work on its expansion, because there are more than 5000 species of mammals, not to mention reptiles, fish, worms and insects. This is a huge undertaking, because Google has not only to digitize the figures but also to work out their smallest details, dimensions, and habits and achieve realism, for example, fixing textures and other problems.
How to find 3D animal shapes on Google
Finding 3D animal shapes is pretty easy. Google allows you to access them directly from search.
- Enter the name of the animal from the list in Google, for example, “tiger”
- Scroll down to the tab where you can select a full-size animal model and click “Watch in 3D”
- In the window that opens with a three-dimensional figure of the animal, click on the “Place at home” button
- Point the smartphone camera at the floor and rotate it as shown on the screen
- You can view the animal from all sides as well as zooming in and out – it will not disappear, even if you move the camera to the side.
I tested the function of placing animals in augmented reality on three devices and came to the conclusion that so far this is not useful for everyone.
Animals don’t work in augmented reality: what do I do?
On my iPad 2017, the tab with a three-dimensional figure of animals did not appear even once, regardless of the browser I used. I tried to get the desired result in both Safari and Google Chrome, but it was all in vain.
On Honor View 20, which seems to be considered the flagship of last year and is equipped with fairly powerful hardware, Google showed tabs for all animals. But as soon as I clicked the “Watch in 3D” button, Chrome received an error. Then I tried to do the same thing through Yandex, but I got the same result. Apparently, the smartphone has issues with showing 3D figures. It’s possible that Google has specifically blocked access to them from Huawei smartphones.
But on the Galaxy A51, everything went much better. In a matter of seconds, I was able to open the three-dimensional figure of the tiger and place it in my apartment. The model turned out to be quite realistic, but only from afar. If you go closer to it then the picture began to blur. However, I admit this is simply the hardware of the smartphone that couldn’t cope with processing the figure.
What can I say? The idea of turning animal shapes in augmented reality is very cool and useful. This would appeal to children who are unlikely to have the opportunity to see dangerous predators so close and observe their behavior. Another thing is, due to unknown limitations, not everyone can see 3D animals, and this is problematic.