Google Search and Ludia's Jurassic World mobile game have teamed up to deliver life-size 3D AR models of 10 dinosaurs to the virtual space. The models are intended to represent the now-extinct creatures at scale and in motion. Paleontologists also helped build out the assets. Although, since the consensus is that many dinosaurs had feather-like features, it doesn't perhaps display them in realistic detail.
As might be expected from that description, if users are viewing the dinosaurs in their homes, they aren't displayed in full-size to start. That's because they simply wouldn't fit, or at least most wouldn't. Dinosaurs such as a velociraptor, dilophosaurus, or ankylosaurus should — the former is about the size of a large dog when the "View actual size" button is pressed. But some of the larger ones, such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex or Brachiosaurus aren't going to fit well.
Google also includes 3D AR models for dinosaurs such as triceratops, spinosaurus, stegosaurus, parasaurolophus, and pteranodon. The latter of which is not technically a dinosaur.
This isn't a new technology
Google first introduced the ability to view animals in 3D AR at Google I/O 2019, though no dinosaurs were included at the time. Its headlining creature at launch was the Great White Shark. That was made to appear swimming mid-air in AR. And it gave users some conception of how large the sharks can grow.
The search giant followed that up with a plethora of other AR objects. Those ranged from other animals and cell models to show what they're made of to astronauts and even planets. It also introduced, at least in some of its apps, more fantastic things such as creatures from Stranger Things.
Later on, the technology was introduced elsewhere too. Such as in the company's Maps, where it offers a more realistic in-person view of landmarks from around the world.
Obviously, AR has been on Google's collective mind.
This latest change appears in two places, conversely. The first is in the Google app itself while the latter is Google Chrome. In both cases, the external camera hardware of the device in question is used to place and size the dinosaurs.
You may need to wait for a server update but here's how to see dinosaurs in Google AR
Now, the update to deliver these new AR experiences is happening on the server-side. That's almost always been the case with Google's in-house apps so that's not a surprise. But it does mean that not everyone will seem them all at once, even if the delay should also be shorter. If the feature is appearing for a user, they'll be able to find it by launching either of the apps mentioned above on their Android device.
Then, after searching for any of the dinosaurs mentioned here, they simply need to scroll down. Google will present users with a card containing the topic of the inquiry along with a 3D model. Below that, related 3D models will be suggested. Tapping on the "View in 3D," button reveals the creature while "View in your space" shows it in AR. Photos can be taken from there but a further tap on "View actual size" will attempt to scale the dinosaurs to their life-like actual size.