Google has recreated ancient creatures with the help from Augmented Reality (AR) that can roam freely in your living room via your smartphone.
Augmented reality (AR) is one of the biggest technology trends right now, and it’s only going to get bigger as AR ready smartphones and other devices become more accessible around the world.
AR let us see the real-life environment right in front of us trees swaying in the park, dogs chasing balls, kids playing soccer with a digital augmentation overlaid on it.
For example, a pterodactyl might be seen landing in the trees, the dogs could be mingling with their cartoon counterparts, and the kids could be seen kicking past an alien spacecraft on their way to score a goal.
With advances in AR technology, these examples are not that different from what might already be available for your smartphone.
Augmented reality is, in fact, readily available and being used in a myriad of ways including as Snapchat lenses, in apps that help you find your car in a crowded parking lot, and in variety of shopping apps that let you try on clothes without even leaving home.
Prehistoric animals like Cambropachycope, an ancient crustacean with a distinctive pointy head covered in tiny eyes or the oldest large filter feeder, the fish that swims poorly, or the largest animal ever to live on Earth have been brought back to life with the help from AR.
“In collaboration with institutions such as Moscow’s State Darwin Museum and London’s Natural History Museum, we’ve brought a menagerie of prehistoric animals back to digital life.
Thanks to AR, you can see them up close through your phone,” Google Arts & Culture said in a statement on Monday.
If unusual critters aren’t your thing, Google has also recreated a collection of unusual cultural artifacts for people to experience in AR.
These are pre-Inca “smiling god” Lanzon from circa 500 BCE, Apollo 11 Command Module and thousands of paintings to decorate your space, from Frida Kahlo’s self portraits to The Kiss.
People can find these in the Google Arts & Culture app available for free on Android and iOS.
The AR creatures or artwork has been recreated with the help from Google’s augmented reality framework called ARCore.