Google has added 10 dinosaurs into its augmented reality maps. The next time you are looking up details about an extinct dinosaur species, do not be surprised if you happen to see it on the augmented reality maps. This new addition by google is a way to let people see what or how these majestic animals looked before they vanished off the face of the earth about 10-20 million years ago. While it is one thing to imagine what these creatures looked like, it is a whole other ordeal to see them walking in your neighborhood on your device screen. As scary and thrilling as it sounds, it is a fun idea or instead of features to be added to the augmented google maps.
Sometime in April, when the world was in the middle of a pandemic, and everyone was staying home, google had come out with its augmented map that allowed you to see and play with pets or animals from the wild like dogs, cats, leopards, lions, etc. So basically, you could see a wild animal standing in the middle of your living room, staring right back at you through your phone screen. Working along the same lines, Google has now brought out the dinosaurs on its augmented world maps. Google started this theme of adding animals and other lying creatures to its augmented reality maps sometime during the last year, starting with cats, scorpions, bears, etc.
The graphics used for these augmented dinosaurs have been developed by none other than Jurassic World Alive, a leader in producing augmented reality mobile games. The list of dinosaurs added to the augmented map is not long enough yet, they have only added ten types of dinosaurs which are Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, and Parasaurolophus.
In making these augmented creatures, Google has kept in mind their surroundings. For example, a tyrannosaurus rex will not be able to fit inside your living room. Thus the augmented image will scale up to its surroundings and appear only where it is technically possible. This automatic scaling up to the surroundings is a relatively new feature, and developers are excited to see how it turns out and whether it works in all conditions. It will be interesting to see how the scaling works this time since, in the past, google’s augmented animals have faced issues by misjudging their environment. People have had massive ducks and large penguins walking around their homes.
However, not all of the devices will support this augmented reality feature, if you are using an android device, it must be equipped with an ARcore, and if you are an iOS user, you need to have an iOS 11 or above. If you have any of these devices, you can look up one of these ten dinosaur species using the google app via the chrome browser of the iPhone browser, and you will find their augmented version.
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