oogle is expanding their AR offering, with the latest addition to Google Search’s new augmented reality tool. Viewers are now able to have an immersive journey around the world to see the wonders of the world from the comfort of your own home.
Eventually, Google plans to expand their landmarks to offer 37 cultural heritage sites which will be available as interactive 3D models seen through a smart device.
Landmarks include Edinburgh Castle, the moai statues of Ahu Ature Huki on Easter Island, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, and the Maya pyramid of Chichén Itzá in Mexico.
To access the Augmented Reality, perform a Google Search for the landmark, if there is a 3D model available, it will be rotating on a blank background under the heading '3D model'. Select 'View in 3D' and you'll then be able to spin the image around using the touchscreen. Under the selection will be an option to ‘view in your space’, which when you point the smartphone camera to an area, will appear before your eyes.
If seeing these 3D landmarks has left you wanting more, travel starved technology users can continue their journey on Google Arts & Culture, which has created hundreds of destinations around the world available to explore digitally. For example, take a tour of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or travel back in time to Ancient Egypt and take a virtual tour of the pyramids.
The AR tool was created in collaboration with CyArk, a nonprofit organization located in California, which strives to digitally record, archive and share the world's most significant cultural heritage and ensure that these places continue to inspire wonder and curiosity for years to come.
Google’s Augmented Reality tool is rapidly expanding to cover everything from animals and dinosaurs to the skeletal system and even Apollo 11. Simply type in the subject you're looking for in Google Search and immersive yourself in the Augmented Reality 3D animations.