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Google's Australian addition to its mobile AR puts koalas in your house

Mashable 11 Nov 2020 11:09
If you can't get a real live koala, AR is fine.
If you can't get a real live koala, AR is fine.
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If you can't go to Australia to pet the koalas, the koalas will now come to you — sort of. 

Google has added eight Australian animals to its collection of mobile AR creatures, allowing users to size up animated 3D renditions of the country's native fauna. It's an entertaining little update, and a good tool to help you determine which ones you could take in a fight.

(The answer, by the way, is "none of them," because the Australian animals that won't straight up disembowel you with their feet are so adorable that punching them will send you directly to Hell.)

To see the life-sized animals, simply use either your Android or iOS mobile browser or Google App to search for koala, kangaroo, quokka, wombat, platypus, emu, kookaburra, or echidna. Select "View in 3D", and Google will display your chosen animal overlaid on your camera's view, like a  more educational Pokémon Go.

Aside from helping you decide whether kangaroos are big enough to ride, Google also lets Android users hear the sounds these Aussie animals make. iOS users need to wait a bit for that feature, but Google states they'll soon be able to enjoy the maniacal caterwauling of AR kookaburras as well.

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