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Has your child ever asked you how big an animal is in real-life? Normally we would explain it in relation to the objects around. It’s one thing to read that a great white shark can be 18 feet long. It’s another to see it up close in relation to the things around you. What if we could show a life-sized shark right in the living room? And you can walk around it and see how it looks from all around? All this, in complete safety!!
Want to see a life-size tiger in your living room?
Yes! If you—or your kids—have ever wondered how big a wolf, a lion or a tiger really is out in the wild, Google has a way to bring their 3D animated image right into your home. This super-fun feature allows users to view 3D images of a search result. All you need is a little curiosity, a browser, and an ARCore or ARKit-ready iPhone or Android phone. The effect is totally magical and children will surely be thrilled. What’s more? A fun way to timepass!
Here’s how to look at life-sized animals in AR through Google Search
- Type in the name of the animal you want to see. If you are not sure if your phone is compatible, just open your phone’s browser and search for “wolf” or “lion.” If your phone has the capability, you’ll see this “View in 3D” option near the top of the search results.
- You will see the animal will moving around, flicking its tail, nodding its head or yawning.
- Now click on “View in 3D”. The animal will appear, animated, on your screen.
4. Select “AR” at the top to place the animal into your surroundings or “object” to simply see it move on a blank white background.
The 3D models are a little crude, but they do provide a realistic sense of an animal’s scale and movement. And children will be thrilled to see an animal walking in their living room. You can move it around by tapping on it and dragging around and use pinch-to-zoom to increase or decrease its size. It is really exciting to see animals up-close.
Sounds fun right?
This tool is a great resource for education. You can even click a photo of it. And if you want to stand or sit right next to the animal, well, that is possible too. You can also use this tool as a resource for artists to draw real life. This is a super-fun (and highly addictive) feature to be enjoyed by all the family. Only wish it worked with dinosaurs. How excited would children be to see a T-Rex in their living room??!!!