How to view animals in 3D

1. AR ready device

First you'll need a smartphone or tablet that has AR capabilities. If you can play Pokemon or Harry Potter on it, you're probably good to go.  If you know your OS, on an Android device it's Android 7.0+ and on Apple, it's iOS 11.0+.

 2. Search for your animal

This is where Ecosia (the search engine that plants trees) won't cut it as a search engine I'm afraid. You'll need to do a Google search for the animal. In the info box that pops up, scroll down & you'll see the 'View in 3D' button & select it

google tiger search

What animals can be viewed in Google 3D?

Sadly, not a polar bear (we tried). But the following should be:

  • Alligator
  • Angler fish
  • Brown bear
  • Cat
  • Cheetah
  • Dog
  • Duck
  • Eagle
  • Emperor penguin
  • Goat
  • Hedgehog
  • Horse
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Macaw
  • Octopus
  • Pug
  • Giant panda
  • Rottweiler
  • Shark
  • Shetland pony
  • Snake
  • Tiger
  • Turtle
  • Wolf

3. View in your space

Once you've selected the option to View in 3D the animal will open up on a white screen & you can then select to "View in your space"

Google cheetah select sm

After selecting the option to "View in your space" you'll have to point your phone camera down at the ground and move it in circles to calibrate it, but then a spot, stripe or scales might jump out at you! Or you'll hear a roar as you move around to find the animal that's loose in your home. It's a bit fiddly, but you can move, rotate & resize the animal by touching it & waiting for the white box to appear & then rather carefully zooming in / out or rotating.

Google cheetah move


Enjoy letting the animals loose at home! Tag us on social media, we'd love to see what the wild kingdom loose in your kingdom. So far this morning, we've had a tiger come to breakfast, an Octopus in the bath tub & a Cheetah in the kitchen! Speaking of which, the Cheetah has been prepped food by the kids so I must publish & feed it now.

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