Google adds anatomical models to its AR search

Google just added several new AR models to its search tool.
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Google’s augmented reality (AR) app brought animals into our living rooms and now it is turning our insides out. When the search feature launched last summer, people went crazy for tigers popping up in their backyard and penguins that roamed around their house. Now, Google is taking things a step further.

It is adding a host of new AR models to its search results on mobile devices. They include everything from anatomical figures to detailed cells.

Looking at the Body

Although not everyone enjoys studying human anatomy, it is fascinating to look at. Intricate networks of blood vessels, an extremely strong skeleton, and self-sufficient cells are just a few of the things that users will now be able to see in AR.

The original addition of animal models was part of a larger push by Google to add AR capabilities into its search tool. While that was a resounding success at the time, looking at an AR wolf isn’t something that people do every day. It’s a surprise that it took so long for Google to add more models. However, the wait was worth it.

The search giant teamed up with an interactive 3D software platform called Biodigital to create life-size representations of the 11 human body systems. Just like with the animals, these models are overlaid atop your real-life environment to give you perspective. For those interested in anatomy, they are extremely informative.

Unlike a flat picture on a printed page, Google’s 3D AR models show you things like how blood flows through the body and how each bone connects to its neighbors. Meanwhile, different parts of each system are labeled.

Users can access the new models by performing a search for the body system they want to look at—for instance, “circulatory system.”

In the search results, scroll down to the option that says “View in 3D” and tap it. This will launch your device’s camera and render the AR model.

Cell Inspector

Large human body models aren’t all that Google is adding this time around. It also partnered with Visible Body to create 3D models of various cells. Animal, plant, and bacteria cells are all represented.

Users can zoom in on each cell’s individual organelles to examine them more closely. This is a great way to see how everything in the cell works together. The AR feature is an invaluable tool for anyone studying for a test but it’s also a lot of fun for casual users.

An AR-Based Future

It appears that Google’s push towards AR isn’t going to stop anytime soon. The search giant continues to give users new ways to interact with virtual environments. For instance, its AR search features now include models of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit or the Apollo 11’s command module.

Moreover, Google launched a virtual tour of France’s famous Chauvet Cave that lets users tour the landmark in virtual reality (VR).

Google hopes to turn homes into virtual escapes with the use of AR and VR. By continuing to add new features, it inches closer to a future that lets users be anywhere and see anything with just their smartphone.


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