Google 3D animals: how to bring tigers and lions to life in your living room
ions, tigers and bears … these are some of the animals that have been prowling around my sofa and desk the past few days. I haven’t smuggled them from a zoo, though that would be one way to deal with lockdown boredom. Instead I’m beaming them with the help of my smartphone and Google’s augmented reality search feature.
AR overlays digital content and information onto the physical world via your smartphone screen. First announced at Google’s I/O conference last year, the AR search feature allows people to explore objects in 3D on their phone screen. It means you can see the scale of an object and more details up close that you can’t in a normal image.
“It’s one thing to read that a great white shark can be 18 feet long. It’s another to see it up close in relation to the things around you,” explains Aparna Chennapragada, VP of Google Lens and AR.
The company has reported a sharp increase in usage as people in isolation seek to entertain themselves (and their children).
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First check your smartphone can support AR. Samsung phones from the Galaxy S8, iPhones from the 6S and upwards, as well as all Google Pixel phones have the function.
Then search for an animal (or skeleton or planet), and look for the knowledge box inviting you to view the animal in 3D. Watch out: it does bring the animal up almost full-size so make sure to shrink it down to fit in the space.
Google uses AR in other ways, too. This year it launched Live View in Google Maps which superimposes arrows and directions on your screen. It’s more accurate than the blue-arrow-on-a-grey-path.
AR is also a handy feature in the Google Lens app. Need to translate a physical document? Open the app and point the camera lens at the text, which the app scans and then overlays the translation. It can even read the text out loud to you, highlighting words as they’re spoken to enhance understanding.
Supplement your daily Duolingo lessons with some AR language learning and once the lockdown’s over, you’ll be almost fluent — at least in theory.
Lockdown 2.0: How to watch Google 3D animals animals at home
At the time of the announcement of Google 3D animals the company released support from only a few animals. Almost a year since Google hosted its last I/O event the tech giant has added a couple of more 3D animals that you can watch.
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The AR animals that you can watch in 3D via Google Search are Tiger, Alligator, Angler fish, Brown bear, Cat, Cheetah, Dog, Duck, Eagle, Emperor penguin, Giant panda, Goat, Hedgehog, Horse, Lion, Macaw, Octopus, Shark, Shetland pony, Snake, Tiger, Turtle, and Wolf. Google could be working on more AR animal options to bring in the future. Besides animals Google also allows you to watch planets like Mars, Earth, Pluto, among others.
How to watch Google 3D animals
1) Open Google on your phone. On Android Chrome, Google App shows 3D animals but on iPhone only Chrome works. Google app on the iPhone doesn’t show 3D animals. Notably, you can watch 3D animals only using your smartphone. No support on laptop/PC.
2) First, type the name of the animal on Google search bar. For example: type google.com on the search bar and type “Lion”.View Google 3D animals: First type the name of the animal on Google Search on your phone
3) The result for lion will appear. You will then need to scroll down and click on “View in 3D” option.View Google 3D animals: You will then need to click on “View in 3D” option
4) The screen will ask you to move your smartphone from one end of the room to another. Keep moving your phone for around a minute or so. At this time you will be able to see a light shadow of the lion.View Google 3D animals: Move your phone from one end of the room to another
4) You can now see a 3D lion on your smartphone. You can zoom in and out the lion in whichever way possible. You can also move the lion using your fingre wherever you want in your room.View Google 3D animals: You can now see a 3D lion on your smartphone.
5) The lion will disappear from the frame after a minute or so.
At its I/O conference in 2019, Google announced that it would be adding augmented reality objects to Search. Over the year since, Google has a bunch of 3D animals you can view in Google Search using AR — here’s the full list that we’re constantly updating.
How to find 3D animals on Google
Google’s AR objects in search are incredibly easy to access. The objects are added to search in the belief that the easiest way to learn about something is to see it. By seeing things in augmented reality (AR), users can see the scale of an object and also details they might not notice from just a simple picture.
To keep this easy to access, Google puts its 3D animals and other AR objects right at the top of search. For example, searching for “tiger” will show a Google Search Knowledge Panel. These panels are often shown for movies, famous celebrities, and other subjects. In the case of a 3D animal through Google, you’ll see an overview of what the animal is, a few images or it, and a section that says “Meet a life-sized tiger up close” and a “View in 3D” button. That button launches the AR experience.
What you need to ‘view in your space’ AR objects on Google
Google’s 3D animals are different on every device. Typically speaking, you might not see AR or 3D objects on a desktop computer or laptop. Rather, you’ll need a supported smartphone to view these objects using Google’s “view in space” option.
The good news? Most modern smartphones are supported! To view AR objects in Google Search you’ll need:
- Android smartphone or tablet: Android 7.0 or higher w/ pre-installed Google Play Store
- iPhone/iPad: iOS 11.0 or higher
This includes most popular smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10/S20, Note 8/9/10, any Google Pixel smartphone, and other Android devices from LG, Motorola, and other brands. As for Apple devices, iPhone 6S, 7, 8, X, and 11 are all supported as well as most iPads.
How do you access the “view in space” option? After you press “view in 3D,” any supported device will show a “view in your space” button underneath the 3D animal. This can be seen below.
Notably, you can resize the animal from its life-size by pinching on it. Slowly, it will go down in size to better fit into your setting.
If you’re not sure if 3D animals and other AR objects in Google Search will work, just give it a shot!
List: 3D animals available on Google Search
So, what AR animals can you view on Google Search? For a while, Google didn’t offer an official list, but the viral nature of these objects triggered the company to finally put one up. The list below clearly shows every 3D animal currently available on Google Search. We’ve also gone hands-on with many of them so you can see how they work in action.
There are also over 30 different breeds of dogs on Google’s list including the following:
Google is adding more of these over time, too! This list has expanded since Google originally announced 3D animals in 2019. Google is also expanding the functionality of these panels with video recording tools and quick shortcuts to other animals.
In October 2021, Google added a collection of endangered animals to its list including the adorable arctic fox.
Google also added dinosaurs in a recent update! The full list of prehistoric creatures includes:
Beyond dinosaurs, too, Google also added a collection of insects to this collection with different kinds of beetles, cicadas, and others such as fireflies, grasshoppers, and others. The full list is below.
What other AR objects are available in Google Search?
There’s more than just 3D animals in Google Search. On top of that, Google can also show some other objects. To do this, Google partners with certain websites and brands to show products, furniture, and even the human body in 3D. We’ve listed some examples that are live right now below, and we’ve got another post that goes into more detail on the other objects that are available.
Google has also worked with Biodigital to deliver a handful of 3D experiences, much like the 3D Animals, about the human body with in-depth models of the body’s different systems. The experiences include:
There’s also a host of other body parts that have 3D experiences available, but you’ll need to use specific keywords (which we’ve linked) to access them.
Further, a separate partnership with Visual Body shows off 3D models of cells from different animals all within Google Search. Each model specifically details different portions of the cell in an easy way that teachers may find useful for their students. The different experiences include:
In August, Google once again expanded its collection of 3D objects with molecules that help teach the subject of chemistry. There are 25 new objects, all listed and linked below.
Some of these examples aren’t quite as straightforward as the 3D animals, though, as the 3D models appear lower in search results alongside the websites that power them. From time to time, too, they just won’t appear. The planets, for example, appear more reliably when you add “in depth” to the search query. There are even more objects on the list, too! Those include:
In December 2020, Google added over 250 models of cars and trucks to search with 3D models. Unlike Google’s 3D animals, these are more advanced with swappable backgrounds when viewing just the 3D model, and even the ability to view the interior of the vehicle in AR. Much of this information is processed off-device and streamed, leading to a higher quality image.
There’s no published list of every supported vehicle yet, but we’ve captured a handful of them below. Realistically, you’re much more likely to find a car that is supported than one that isn’t, but some notable omissions include Tesla vehicles, Nissan Leaf, Subaru Crosstrek, and Toyota Camry.
NEW: In April 2021, Google added another set of AR objects to search alongside its 3D animals. The latest batch includes Japanese characters from video games and more. These include the likes of Pac-Man, Gundam, Hello Kitty, Ultraman, and more. The full list follows:
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Back in May 2019, at its I/O developers conference, Google announced that it was bringing a neat feature to its search results: augmented reality models, which allow users to take a look at a 3D image of a search result. Shortly after, the company rolled out the feature to users with an ARCore or ARKit-ready Android phone or iPhone, as spotted by CNET, allowing them to place an AR animal right in their living room, bedroom, or backyard.
Today, with adults and kids stuck inside to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be a great distraction to place a pet tiger, wolf, or panda on your living room couch. When the feature first premiered, it only had a few animals that you could check out, such as a tiger, a lion, a giant panda, a Rottweiler, and a wolf. Now there are a bunch of others, including an alligator, a hedgehog, and a duck (specifically, a mallard). (9to5Google’sDamien Wilde has recently compiled a good list of available creatures.)
To use the feature, navigate to Google on a compatible device, and search for the animal in question in Google search. If the animal you’ve searched for (say, a wolf) is available, it’ll show up in a small box with some statistics, an animated thumbnail, and an invitation to “Meet a life-sized wolf up close.”
- Screenshot: Andrew Liptak / The Verge
- Screenshot: Andrew Liptak / The Verge
From there, tap “View in 3D,” and the site will put an animated 3D model on your screen. Click on “View in your space,” point your phone at the floor, and it’ll switch you to an AR view of the animal on your phone. This step may take a couple of minutes: it had me move my phone around before populating a handful of animals, but eventually, it displayed a tiger, a golden eagle, and a wolf hanging out in my backyard. It’ll let you take a clean screenshot, minus all the tabs and buttons.
The feature is pretty cool: it’s a good way to see just how large some of these animals really are up close (I kept thinking that they were too large, until I looked at their stats), and I could see this being useful in a classroom or educational setting.
At I/O 2019, Google noted that the feature would be used for some more practical things, like shopping, where you could see what a product looked like without actually having it in hand, or if you wanted to check out how the muscular system looked on a person — it would overlay your search result in AR. Since then, in fact, Google has released an AR navigation feature for Google Maps and has been releasing AR Playmoji stickers for users to play with.
The feature isn’t the first time that Google has inserted some sort of interactive, animal-related feature into its search results. Back in 2016, it launched a feature that allows people to listen to animal sounds in search results, although you have to specifically search for “Animal Sounds” to access that — searching for “Wolf Sounds” just brings you to regular links, like clips from YouTube or other related pages.
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Google 3D animals: how to see a tiger, lion and panda in 3D
Toy Story’s Woody might have been famous for saying ‘there’s a snake in my boots,’ and you can make that a reality – well an augmented reality.
In a refreshing break from the coronavirus news, Google has given people a chance to get out and about with the animal kingdom, all whilst following social distancing.
Ready for some lions, tigers and… pandas (oh my)? Here’s what you need to know…
How to use Google 3D animals
To use the feature, first you’ll need to make sure you have the right software.
You’ll be using your phone or tablet, so for Android users, Google requires an operating system of Android 7.0 or later.
For iPhone users, you need to be running iOS 11.0 or later.
Now, to take a walk on the wild side, you just need to google an animal on your device – just type into the search bar, as an example, ‘lion.’
Just underneath the image search results and the Wikipedia description of the animal, you’ll be able to see a box that says, ‘Meet a life-sized lion up close’.
Click the ‘view in 3D’ button that will be clearly displayed, then click ‘view in your space’ to see the animal in your own surroundings.
You’ll need to give Google access to your camera for it to be able to insert the animal into your space.
What animals can you find?
- Emperor penguin
- Angler fish
- Brown bear
- Shetland pony
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