New implementation for Google Arts & Culture, which from today will allow you to view a series of new subjects in augmented reality, from prehistoric animals to Inca ruins, passing through the lunar modules of the Apollo missions and a collection of famous paintings.
The Mountain View app, launched in 2015, allows you to view various cultural beauties of the world with your smartphone, from the city of Mantua to the palace of Versailles, but also to transform your selfies in the style of famous painters. In recent months, the ability to visualize some animals directly in front of you with augmented reality had already been introduced, and since then Google has increased the range of possibilities, introducing first dinosaurs and then insects.
The current update continues, adding to the AR "library" a series of really interesting prehistoric animals, including the suspended skeleton of the blue whale, the largest known animal that lived on Earth, thanks to the collaboration with institutions such as the State Darwin Museum of Moscow and the Natural History Museum from London.
In short, it will be possible to bring home a series of amazing prehistoric animals, comparing their dimensions with, for example, those of your own domestic cat peacefully curled up on the sofa.
As anticipated, the news does not stop there: thanks to the collaboration with an increasing number of museums, from today it will be possible to view a series of unusual cultural artifacts in augmented reality, from the pre-Inca "smiling god" Lanzòn of about 500 BC. to the Apollo 11 command module, along with space suits and thousands of famous paintings, from Frida Kahlo's self-portraits to Klimt's Kiss.
Given the restrictions due to the new coronavirus, the implementation may come in handy as museums reopen with due attention. Sure, it won't be like visiting them live, but it's still something. Google's blog post doesn't specify what hardware is needed to take advantage of the feature, but the previous ones required an Android device with ARCore support, or an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 and later.