Google’s 3D animals now include endangered species from Sweden

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Google is teaming up with the Swedish Society for the Conservation of Nature to incorporate five endangered species into its 3D animal feature on search. These include the arctic fox, harbor porpoise, lynx, white-backed woodpecker, and carder bee.

Users can search for each animal on Find and find a knowledge graph for the animal. You can then click on the “View in 3D” button to bring them to life on your screen (via).

Press “Show in your space” to place these animals in your environment by taking advantage of the camera and AR functionality. These animals can also appear on a white background if you are not ready to open your camera for this purpose. This feature works on compatible Android and iOS devices.

Just like Google’s previous 3D animal implementations, users can take photos / videos with them or scale them however they want. The company wants this to serve as an educational tool to inform users and children about the need to protect endangered species.

Google first showcased AR-based 3D animals at I / O 2019

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation or Naturskyddsföreningen focuses on ecological sustainability and the preservation of endangered species. The new set of 3D animals released by Google is currently endangered in Sweden.

It should be noted that the arctic fox is not a globally endangered species. However, its population has declined dramatically in the Scandinavian region in recent decades.

Last year, Google introduced 3D models related to chemistry as a means of education. This introduced 3D models related to organic chemistry, functional group, propanol, methyl acetate, ionic bonding, alkanes, etc.

3D animals initially made their way to Search in 2019 with animals like alligators, pandas, great white sharks, octopuses, and tigers. It’s definitely a great resource for learning more about things you don’t know. Plus, bringing the AR aspect to learning makes the process more enjoyable.

Google has done a lot of work on AR over the past few years. But its implementation has been somewhat limited, especially given initial expectations.

The company announced a few key additions to the ARCore SDK earlier this year, so it’s clear Google is far from done with AR.


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