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Getting a Big Cat at home with Google AR

Updated: Apr 12

Are you feeling boring at home while practicing social distancing? What have you done so far? Many social media users, including Hollywood stars and celebrities around the world have watched the latest documentary Tiger King on Netflix and expressed how interesting, exciting and mysterious it is. You may love or hate Tiger King and we are not sure if everyone wants to become Tiger King (as he ends up going to jail!) but now you have the chance to get your own Big Cat and it is completely free and environmentally friendly!


Argumentative Reality (AR) technology allows interactive 3D digital images to be shown on the layer of physical world on a screen and it has become more and more popular over the decade that artists are producing artworks with AR feature, especially digital artists. This time Google has designed a set of AR Animals which look really like the real ones we see at the zoo or in the wild and we can view them on our smartphones with ease.


To begin with, search an animal on Google as we usually do when doing a research and the brief description of that animal will be shown. Then click the “View in 3D” button and start your experience with Google AR Animals by placing them at anywhere around your home! Make sure the animals have enough space to live in!


Here are the augmented animals you can find on Google now: Alligator, Angler fish, Bear, Brown bear, Cat, Cheetah, Deer, Dog, French Bulldog, Golden/Labrador Retriever, Pomeranian, Pug, Rottweiler, Duck, Eagle, Emperor penguin, Goat, Hedgehog, Horse, Leopard, Lion, Macaw, Octopus, Panda, Penguin, Raccoon, Shark, Shetland pony, Snake, Tiger, Turtle, Wolf.


Google AR Animals do provide some fun and bring positive energy to a lot of us over the Internet during this critical period. Let’s find out the reactions on social media now!


It may not be a bad idea to have a giant panda at home…

Hmm... Can a shark actually live on the land?

How about bringing a hedgehog to your kid as a buddy?

Oh! Wait Sir! Is it your own horse?

Hey kid! Seems you are excited about getting a lion friend!

Thank you Google! You have done a fabulous job! However, not all smartphone users may have the opportunity to experience such AR feature and you need to check if you are holding a supported ARCore device here. Stay home, enjoy the moments with Google AR Animals and show us how your life is with your favourite AR animals! We can't wait to see it! 

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