Google Search Brings Australia’s Iconic Animals to Life with Augmented Reality

Google Search Brings Australia’s Iconic Animals to Life with Augmented Reality

Technology is connecting people with nature in ways that couldn’t be imagined just a decade ago. This morning the world’s most popular search engine Google announced a global feature that will allow people to see life-sized Australian animals up close and bring them into their space using augmented reality (AR).

With a quick Google Search via a mobile browser – Android or iOS – viewers are introduced to eight life-sized Aussie animals allowing them to better visualise the characteristics and movements of some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife. Animals such as the koala, kangaroo, quokka (a short-tailed scrub wallaby), wombat, platypus, emu, kookaburra and echidna are native to Australia and can’t be found in the wild anywhere else in the world.

Google’s Australian AR animals launch follows the country’s devastating bushfires in which global interest in Australia’s endangered wildlife reached all-time highs in January, with Google Trends data revealing the query “adopt a koala bushfires” saw a 5,000% increase in searches.

Given COVID-19 lockdowns and economic uncertainty prompting many to tighten the household budget, travelling to Australia to see these beautiful creatures first-hand is out of the question for most, but animal lovers can experience them via AR on their mobile or tablet.

To view the AR Aussie animals, simply search for one of the eight Aussie AR animals by name in your mobile Android or iOS browser or in the Google App. Tap “View in 3D” button and then tap “View in your space.” Point your mobile to the ground and the AR animal will appear. To capture images or record videos of your experience, just tap or hold down the camera button.

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