Take an In-Home Safari with Google’s 3D Animals (It’s Free & Awesome for All Ages)
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Give your kids a close encounter with their favorite animal, right in their own home!
Google has added new augmented reality objects to its search function, so you can now get an up-close and personal view of select 3D animals like lions, tigers, and bears using Google’s AR feature.
By viewing these animals in augmented reality, you’ll be able to see the scale of the animal, hear its sounds (select devices only), turn it around to see different angles, and zoom in to see details you might not otherwise notice from a picture or even a trip to the zoo.
To find 3D animals on Google, grab an Android smartphone or tablet or an iPhone/iPad (iOS 11.0 or higher), go to Google.com, type the name of an animal into the Google search bar, and if your animal is available in 3D, you’ll see the option to meet a life-sized version of it up close along with a “View in 3D” button.
As pictured above, just click this button to launch the AR experience!
You may not see Google’s 3D animals on a desktop computer or laptop, so you’ll need a smartphone or tablet to view them. It does appear that most smartphones are supported, though!
Select devices also support an additional feature called “View in Your Space.” Selecting this option will open your device’s camera so that you can see what a hedgehog would look like on your desk or snap a photo of your kids with a tiger for Grandma.
As you can see from the photos, our team was having tons of fun testing this feature! 😂
There are many other animals available to view in augmented reality, including an alligator, cheetah, eagle, penguin, wolf, and more. The list continues to grow, so keep checking back if your favorite animal isn’t available yet!