What’s better than a picture of a tiger? Of course a 3D animal. At least that’s the idea behind Google AR Animals, which the company has integrated into its search function over the last year or so. Originally announced at I / O 2019, Google 3D Animals and Objects is a new way to interact with your favorite animals and even live them in your room.
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Unfortunately, you will not be able to live animals to life on all units and you do not really have Noah’s ark to choose from. Fortunately, we can give you a hand as to which devices work and which 3D animals and other objects you can search for. Are you ready to unleash your wild side? Let’s start.
How to find Google 3D animals via search
Discovering a 3D animal on Google is really as easy as searching for it. After all, you can learn much more from a 3D model than from a simple image. Whether you want to reactivate Shark Week on a 1: 1 scale or inspect a liver, you just have to do the right search.
When you submit your search, Google will show your 3D animal or other object at the top of your search results – you do not even have to go to the Images tab. Just like when you search for a movie or a celebrity, you see a Google Knowledge Panel with information from Wikipedia and some 2D images. Just below, Google invites you to “Meet a life-sized tiger up close” and offers a View in 3D button. Click on the button and you are well on your way to living a tiger.
If you tap the Show in 3D option, Google will expand the small 3D animal displayed on the search page to become the main focus of your results. It rotates and progresses through a series of movements to give you a lively experience with your furry friend.
Which devices support Google 3D Animals?
Before you try to bring an Easter bunny – no, it’s not a joke – to your home, make sure your phone supports Google’s AR animals. Not to worry, as the feature works on both iOS and Android devices. As long as you are equipped with at least Android 7.0 or iOS 11, you should have no problems.
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If you are not sure which version of Android or iOS your phone is running, Google has provided a list of supported devices. Check the links below to find yours:
- Try Google 3D Animals on Android.
- Try Google 3D Animals on iOS.
Laptops of all kinds are absent from the list of supported devices. Unfortunately, no AR features mean no 3D fun at all, not even in object view.
How to use Google 3D animals and objects in Object View
We briefly mentioned living Google AR animals earlier, but let’s talk about what you can do when you enter Object View. When you see your animal or object moving on the white background, it is easy to take control like dragging your finger.
Drag up, down, left or right to see your creature from almost any angle you can imagine. You can also pinch to zoom in or out, if you want to see the smallest details in a red blood cell or get a good look at Uranus. Why keep it fun for yourself? Press the ever-sharing share button and send your 3D object to Twitter, Instagram or whichever app you prefer. You can also share a simple text link that takes users directly to the 3D object if they are not so technical.
How to use the “Show in your space” feature with Google 3D Animals
So seeing an animal, body part or object in an empty white room is cool and all, but it’s a lot more fun to bring a Tyrannosaurus Rex into your bedroom. At least you do not have to ask your parents if you can keep it as a pet. To get your chosen animal to your warm and comfortable home, press the “Show in your space” button at the bottom of Object View.
You need to give Google access to your calendar, microphone and storage – sorry, privacy people – and let Google record video and photos as needed. It also wants to access your photos, media and files while letting it create 3D animals, so take this as your heads-up.
You may need to move the camera a bit to give Google an idea of the space you are working with, but your choice of animal should show up soon. Once you see your new 3D animal, you can walk around and get a complete 360-degree experience. If you would rather stay and rotate the animal, simply press the animal with one finger and swipe left or right with the other. You can not rotate the animal up and down, but it would break the realism anyway.
What is object mixing?
One of the most common messages you see when using View in your space is “Go closer to improve object mixing.” It sounds easy to do, but what does mixing objects really mean? Simply put, mixing objects is an Android feature that allows 3D animals to have a more lifelike presence in your environment. This basically means that your chosen 3D animal will adapt to the room you are in and adapt its appearance to furniture and other objects.
For example, you could make a duck look like it was sitting on your dresser or a hedgehog hiding under your chair. You only see the parts of animals that you would normally see if it were in your room.
You should notice a circle icon at the top of the screen with one half shaded and the other half transparent. This is the object mixing control and it allows you to activate the function in a few seconds. Once you are close enough to your chosen animal, you should be able to see it fade in or out of view to blend into the world. Now snap a picture and scare your friends and family with the big snake that is in your living room.
3D animals – a complete list of your options
Now that you’ve got a feel for how you can bring your furry – or violent – friends to life, what animals can you choose? We’ve divided your options into a few basic categories to make them easy to explore. Remember that you must open these searches on an AR-ready mobile device. Attach your safari hat and check out these categories:
Let’s say you’re getting ready to adopt a pet – one that actually fits in your house – and you want to see how much space it can have. Here are the furry friends you can live with Google 3D Animals:
You probably do not take too many of these animals to your home, but what would it look like if you did? Test everything from horses to pandas with the links we have given:
If you do not live underwater or if you have a large pond, you may never come close to taking these aquatic animals home. However, these links give you a chance to dream:
Google does not offer too many birds in its AR animal preference, at least not yet. Here are all your options if you want to fill your nest:
Leave the real Jurassic Park to Jeff Goldblum and company, but you can always take the opportunity to explore your wildest imagination. Go toe to toe with prehistoric giants using these keywords:
Leave the bug collection to the pros too, at least these scary insects will not attack your house. Try some of these bugs if you dare, but scale them up to Fallout 4 sizes:
Other 3D objects that you can view
If you are not interested in turning your house into a zoo, you may find some of Google’s other 3D objects more interesting. Many of the available searches still have a science angle, although there are some products you can check out as well. Check out the categories below to learn a little more about other items:
Some of these cells are human, others are animals, but all we know is that the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the group. Get up close and personal with the cells and their internal components with these links:
Human body systems
The cells and cell parts you have just learned about help contribute to all important human body systems. But you probably can not open a cadaver to investigate, so here are some links to the next best thing:
Since you probably did not find a carcass between the system section and this organ section, here are the links that should help you:
It almost feels wrong to classify Neil Armstrong as a space object, but he does not fit into any other category. Here are the links you need to bring the galaxy into your home:
Cars, shoes and more
You’re probably tired of categories right now, but there are some Google 3D objects that simply do not fit anywhere else. You can end your experience with the latest links:
Google 3D and AR images have quickly become very popular and we are investing in the list of products to continue to increase in the coming months and years. Imagine a future where most of the products you can buy can be added to your life so you can take a closer look. It sounds sci-fi, but that’s the reality we now seem to live in.