Google launched a app that allows iPhone users to view animals come to life on their cameras in any setting of your choosing. It was unveiled at Google's annual I/O conference in May that this tool was available for iPhone users. Your cameras will now yield 3D models that can be rotated and viewed on Google's own page or superimposed over with a camera-captured image of your surroundings.
Apple supports a wide range of Augmented Reality applications. Google's is the latest. Google Search's new feature allows owners of augmented reality-enabled smartphones to go on a virtual safari in the comfort of their own living room or office.
Google’s vice president for camera and AR products, Aparna Chennapragada demonstrated how Google Search may use augmented reality to layer 3D models on top of the real world. This will allow people to look at the 3D object from every angle, and place it in the location of their choice.
The feature includes a growing number of animals that you can check out right now, such as a shark, tiger, a lion, a giant panda, a rottweiler, a wolf, penguin, alligator, horse, Shetland pony, cat, dog, octopus, turtle, and a good number others being loaded daily.
How does it work?
To use the feature, navigate to Google Search on your iPhone, and search for the animal in question. If the animal you’ve searched for (say, a shark) is available, it’ll show up in a small box with an animated thumbnail, and an invitation, say to “meet a life-sized tiger up close.” - see the examples in the above chart.
From there, tap “View in 3D”, and the site will populate an animated, 3D model [the shark in our example] on your screen. When you click on the AR tab on the top of the screen, it’ll switch you to an AR view on your phone. This step may take a minute or two, so be patient.
Eventually you will see the displayed animated shark, moving around in whatever scene you choose? Your living room, or swimming pool, for instance -- will become its setting. You can then take a photo or a video to capture the said shark moving around in your chosen space - how cool is that?
Primary Source: Digital Trends