May 9 Update below. This post was originally published on May 8, 2020.
Google’s 3D animals appeared on phones and tablets last year, but the latest expanded list of augmented reality creatures has expanded. Right now, they are the best antidote to block boredom. Here we show you how to get them and the full list of what you can find.
Google 3D Animals: Fantastic Animals
Google’s 3D Animals project is brilliant. If you’ve already seen the 3D creatures, there are probably more animals now. And if you’ve never seen them before, they are almost photorealistic 3D animations of dozens of animals that with a few clicks will magically appear wherever you are. You can even take photos of yourself with them and share the results.
May 9 Update: Today, not only have more animals come to light, but in the last few hours more non-animal subjects have been added that can marvel in your living room. Read on for the updated list as well as how to find and use them.
Google has now published a list than what is available in AR. Even this is not exhaustive, but it has revealed more entries than we previously knew. The new animals (also added to the list below in the main copy are: leopard, raccoon, and deer. There are also four more dogs: Golden Retriever, Labrador, Pomeranian, and French Bulldog.
Also, the snake is specified as a python, the horse is an Arab, the duck is a mallard, and the wolf is a timber wolf.
But the list goes on to include human anatomical systems. They consist of the following elements:
The human digestive system, the respiratory system, the endocrine system, the female reproductive system, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the male reproductive system, the integumentary system, the excretory system, the peripheral nervous system, the urinary system, the system skeletal, muscular system and circulatory system. The skeletal system is particularly impressive, with labels to name the parts.
As proof that the purpose is not just for fun, there are detailed representations of cell structures (although you might find it fun). These are as follows and to be honest I am listing them because some are Greek to me: Mitochondria, Prokaryotes, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Bacteria, Eukaryotes, Plant Cells, Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum, Nucleolus, Flagellum, Cell Cell, Animal Apparatus Golgi, ribosomes, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, chromatin, nuclear membrane, fimbria, bacterial capsule, plasmids, central vacuole, ridges, plasma membrane, cell wall, and cisterns.
And there is more. I want to take a closer look at Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, Apollo 11
Command module and the Chauvet cave. Well you can.
For the full list of animals and how to find, photograph, and videotape all the items mentioned here, read on. And enjoy.
You don’t need any special equipment, just a phone that is capable of Augmented Reality (AR). You will know, but AR is where the camera view overlaps with internet data. Pokémon Go is one of the best known examples.
You need a phone with Android 7 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 11 or newer.
Google 3D Animals: where to find them
It could hardly be simpler. Go to your phone’s browser and in the text box, type the name of the animal you want to see and press Enter (or Search). You don’t need to type Elephant 3D or anything, just the name of the animal in question.
And that’s more or less that. You need to be using Google as your search engine. It’s easy to know yes, because the Google banner will appear below the search box as soon as you hit Search.
When the search results appear, you will see somewhere on the page an invitation to “Get up close and personal with a life-size cheetah” or whatever animal you choose. Then you choose to see the animal in your space.
If this is your first time doing this, your phone may ask for permission to use the camera and record images.
After that, you can see instructions on the screen to help the AR crash so you can determine where your floor is and place the animal on it. The way you point your phone makes the difference: too high and you’ll have a panda floating in midair instead of sitting on the ground. Some animals, like the huge shark, for example, are designed to take off from the ground.
Overall, however, the effect is quite surprising.
You can even take a photo or record a video, with your friends (or dog) in the shot. It is also good practice to carefully position the animal for the photo you want to take.
Google 3D Animals: What’s on the list?
Crocodile, monkfish, brown bear, cat, cheetah, dog, duck, eagle, emperor penguin, goat, hedgehog, horse, lion, macaw, octopus, pug, giant panda, rottweiler, shark, shetland pony, tortoise and Wolf
Some are more impressive than others. The cheetah and tiger are particularly attractive, with compelling movements and subtle character traits revealed in the animations.
Watch the wolf scratch behind the ear or the cheetah quickly turns its head.
Google 3D Animals: what’s next?
Google has hinted that the system, while tremendously entertaining, is also there to educate and even provide business opportunities. So the 2020 Ford Mustang or the Kia Telluride can also appear in your space.
It’s a sign of AR’s growing importance, something Apple is also taking seriously with its LiDAR scanner on the new iPad Pro and improvements on ARKit.
For now, however, the possibility of taking a photo where a tiger came to have tea is also quite special.
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