If you’ve got a smart phone you have probably heard about augmented reality. It’s that technology that puts a 3D image overlay on what ever images your camera is picking up. It’s a clever technology that can in some ways bring things to life that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to see. It’s been used in plenty of games and other ways; but possibly not like this.
You can’t currently get to a zoo to see the animals there, and although many have begun live streams or offering videos of their animals, including the Toronto zoo, it’s not quite the same as seeing them in front of you.
Google seems to have thought the same thing. Now when you google some animals there’s going to be a little button that says “View in 3D.”
According to the blog 9to5Google, here are the known animals included in the feature:
- Angler fish
- Ball python
- Brown bear
- Labrador Retriever
- Emperor penguin
- Giant panda
- Shetland pony
Although this list seems to be getting more animals added as a recent search also found Penguins are now available in 3D. So if you’re favourite is not on the list, you might try searching for it anyway.
This feature is not available on desktops, only mobile devices. And you don’t have to let it use your camera, you can see the animals on a basic white background if you would rather.