Light Up Your Pandemic Life With Google’s New AR Animals

Google's AR cat.

Google AR Cat.
Screenshot: Google

Since I was young, I have always been a fan of cats (although dogs are lovely too). However, my current landlord does not allow me to have a cat, so I am content to follow the cute ones on Instagram. Considering that I live alone, there have been many times during the pandemic where I thought, “Wouldn’t it be more entertaining if there was a cat around?”

Well, you may not be able to get your hands on a real cat just yet, but Google Search has come up with an interesting and cool alternative: 3D augmented reality animals. While Google’s AR animals are nothing new, it has given us everything from easter bunnies to dinosaurs In the past, it recently announced that it was adding 50 new animals to discover in its search engine. And yes, a cat made the cut (yay).

In its announcement video, Google did not include an extensive list of the new animals, although it did give away some new ones, such as the giraffe, dairy cow, cat, zebra, pig and chow chow. The people of 9to5Google They have created an extensive list of their discoveries and have discovered 25 of the animals so far! His finds include the beagle, border collie, hamster, hippopotamus, ox, red panda, and Welsh corgi, although there are many more.

For the uninitiated, Google’s AR animals are great because the search engine allows you to put them in your space. It also allows you to show off your new friends by taking photos or recording videos of them on your phone. Finding the animals is “relatively” simple (apparently I’m terribly lucky). All you need to do is Google the animal and then scroll down the page until you see a block with the option “View in 3D”. This will turn your phone into an AR “projector,” so to speak, and give you a real model of the animal along with sound effects. It will allow you to move the animal around the house.

The best emperor penguin of all time.

The best emperor penguin of all time.
Photo: Gizmodo

To my chagrin, the cat doesn’t seem to appear to me yet. However, I did get to see a macaw parrot and a dinosaur in my living room. The penguin was my favorite, although it kept making penguin noises. If you still don’t know what to look for in AR, Google has a helpful page set up with any ideas.

If anything, it is an opportunity to learn more about the animal you are looking for and to do something different at home while staying safe. I love penguins, but I don’t think I’ll ever get that close to one. Now, let’s see if I ever find Google’s cat.