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After the tremendous success of the life-sized animals through the 3D VR animations by Google, we now have planets and other celestial bodies to play with, in exactly the same way as we did with animals. Imagine how much fun it will be to see the Saturn rings up close, or to see how beautiful our Earth looks in the solar system!
Want to see the galaxy in your living room?
Yes! If you—or your kids—have ever wondered how do the planets and stars really look up close, Google has a way to bring their 3D animated image right into your home in association with NASA. 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 planets in AR through Google Search
- Type in the name of the planet you want to see. If you are not sure if your phone is compatible, just open your phone’s browser and search for “earth 3d” or “jupiter 3d.” 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 planet in its full glory
- Now click on “View in 3D”. The planet 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, or click on “View in your space”. You can even swipe to see the other side of the planet. Resize the planet so that it fits in the frame if you want to click a picture, or enlarge it to watch the planet from up close.
As with the animals, the children will be thrilled to see a planet up close 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.
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 planet or carry it on their shoulders, 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. Now we are waiting for more such models to make life really exciting!
NOTE: At this point in time, these celestial bodies are available to view with this feature- Solar system – Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto (not technically a planet) and Moons – Titan, Earth’s Moon, Europa, Phobos, Deimos, Ganymede, Mimas, Namaka, Hyperion, Io, Haumea, Umbriel, Callisto