At I/O 2021, Google announced that it is expanding the Augmented Reality feature in Google Search to include famous athletes such as Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe, Leticia Bufoni, and Caleb Dressler.
Google’s 3D Augmented Reality Will Aid Visual Learning
In a post on The Keyword, Google states that AR is a “powerful tool for visual learning.”
By adding famous athletes to its AR lineup, Google believes users will be able to break down the practice routines and methodologies of these athletes to further improve their own skills. This will be possible because the athletes won’t just be static 3D objects.
Google has also packaged a slo-mo feature, using which users can slow down Simone Biles’ gymnastics routine, for example. The AR objects include sound as well, for a more immersive experience and to aid learning.
All AR objects in Google Search were built using the company’s own ARCore Software Development Kit. According to Google, this improves the realism aspect because of better motion tracking, light estimation, depth, and environmental understanding.
The Increasing Popularity of Google Lens
In the blog post, Google states that every month, more than 3 billion searches take place using the Lens app. The app allows users to search for things using pictures from their camera, gallery or the traditional search bar.
Naturally, Google is directing more of its focus towards the app. Lens is getting an improved Translate filter to make it easier for students “to copy, listen to or search translated text.”
In addition to searching, the Lens app also doubles up as a QR code scanner.
Google has been paying a lot of attention to improving its AI and image search features. The company recently announced a new AI tool that can identify skin, nail, and hair issues through pictures.
How to Access Google’s New AR Features
Google has integrated all AR features into the Search app itself, eliminating the need for additional downloads.
Android and iOS users simply need to search for the supported athletes; Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe, Leticia Bufoni, or Caleb Dressler. After searching, users can simply scroll down and tap View in 3D > View in your space.
After the 3D AR object is live, you can tap or hold the camera button to take pictures and record videos respectively.
Google plans to add more athletes to its 3D AR lineup.