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Technology Google’s new AR toy fulfills the childhood dream of digging a hole to the other side of the Earth

04:30  08 april  2021
04:30  08 april  2021 Source:   theverge.com

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Google has released some new web experiments that use AR to let you see what' s on the other side of the Earth , measure real life objects, and social distance — all from Google Chrome on an Android phone. It calls the site Floom , and the experience is pretty simple: you point your phone’ s camera at the ground, tap the little tornado object, and it will show you a hole to the other side of the Earth . Then you can open that location in Google Earth to take a look around. Testing it out was kind of a joy, and I have discovered that, depending on where I am in my house (and how I have my phone angled)

Google has announced a series of new WebXR apps — AR and VR experiments on the web — that can do things like measure space, tunnel through earth , and visualize social distancing guidelines. The latest collection of experiences is designed to showcase what this technology can do. Brandon' s love of technology can be traced back to his childhood , when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future.

If you’ve ever wondered where you’d end up if you were to transport directly to the other side of the Earth, Google now has a browser-based AR toy that lets you find out. It calls the site Floom, and the experience is pretty simple: you point your phone’s camera at the ground, tap the little tornado object, and it will show you a hole to the other side of the Earth. Then you can open that location in Google Earth to take a look around.

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Testing it out was kind of a joy, and I have discovered that, depending on where I am in my house (and how I have my phone angled), I'm directly above either the Middle East, New Zealand, or the Antarctic.

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It' s a common childhood fantasy: What if you dug a hole to the other side of the world, where would you end up? Parents in America are in the habit of telling their kids that they'd end up in China, but that' s actually rather far from the truth. Earth is a sphere, so if you start digging in the Northern Hemisphere, then you've got to end up in the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealanders can dig themselves to Spain, and folks in Indonesia will find themselves in the Amazon rainforest. You can also dig yourself from Greenland to Antarctica, but for most other places, your antipode will be an ocean.

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Floom is just one of the experiments that Google announced yesterday that rely on WebXR, which can create AR or VR experiences that work in webpages. The others include a virtual measuring tool and a tool that lets you visualize what six-foot social distancing looks like in your current environment. Google also has an upcoming app that will let you turn your photos library into an AR gallery. At the moment, Floom can only be used with Chrome on Android devices.

These WebXR experiments are the first experience I’ve had with the tech, and it’s reasonably impressive for something that’s running in a phone’s web browser. Google’s experiments have always been interesting, but this is the first one that lets me fulfill a childhood dream: digging a tunnel to the other side of the globe. Now all Google needs to add is a visualization that makes it seem like you’re flying through the Earth’s core.

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