// Did You Know? You can bring some of your favorite animals into your home through Google’s new 3D/Augmented Reality (AR) animal encounter feature!
To access Google 3D animals, all you need to do is grab an AR-enabled device such as a smart phone or tablet and search the animal in question. Like all of Google’s AR objects, the feature is located right at the top of the search in a separate panel. For example, searching for “alligator” will reveal the Google Search Knowledge Panel. You may have seen these panels before, usually for a place or film. When you search a 3D animal through Google, you’ll see an overview of what the animal is, a few images of it, and a cheeky new addition you may not have noticed before. A small button that says “View in 3D” will also be found towards the bottom of this search panel. This button launches the AR experience and you’ll have to do some scanning of your surroundings but after some calibration, Viola!, you’ll be face-to-face with some of your favorite animals!
This feature isn’t available for every animal, but some native South Florida wildlife that you can bring to life in your living room include the alligator, a sea turtle, an octopus, and a raccoon!
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