If You’re Quarantined With Kids, Google’s 3D Animals Are A Delightful Way To Kill An Hour

Looking for a way to entertain the kids for an hour or two?

This Stay-At-Home situation has come with many challenges. Some are admittedly more frivolous than others, but at the end of the day, everyone is just doing the best they can do to get through it. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by all of the time at home, you’re not alone.

Some parents are balancing child care, assisting school-aged kids with virtual learning, and working from all at the same time, and it’s an exhausting task.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a way to entertain the kids while you buckle down and get some work done, I think I may have a suggestion. Google has a virtual zoo and you can access it from your smartphone. All you have to do is search.

I don’t mean like a tour of an existing zoo or live-stream of animals. This AR experience is more like PokemonGO. Once you search for an animal in Google on your phone, you will have the option to view it in 3D. The AR animals pop-up in your environment exactly the same size as they are in real life, although they can be enlarged and shrunk, and they make lifelike sounds.

The AR program will react to your environment, which means that if you turn your camera towards the couch, the animal will end up standing on it. The program works on most smartphones and there are currently a couple of dozen animals that you can view.

Obviously, seeing a Tiger in AR isn’t exactly the same as seeing one in person, but it is pretty hilarious to see it standing next to your house cat in the middle of your living room. Hours of entertainment, my friends.

Get going, Columbus. You’ve got a bunch of animals to put in hilarious positions throughout your home.

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