Cats, dinosaurs, and now insects, oh my!
Last year, Google launched a new feature for its Search engine that brought users augmented-reality versions of a wide range of queried animals. Not only can people view, rotate and flip upside-down AR animals on their smartphone when they tap on the "View in 3D" prompt in their search results, they can also see them presented to scale in their own space. Earlier this month, various AR dinosaurs joined these animals, and today, so did insects.
When a user searches for a specific insect, they can view it in AR in their own homes...without having to bring the outdoors in. Insects available include the rhinoceros beetle, Hercules beetle, Atlas beetle, stag beetle, giant stag, Miyama stag beetle, shining ball scarab beetle, jewel beetle, ladybug, firefly, Rosalia batesi, swallowtail butterfly, morpho butterfly, atlas moth, mantis, grasshopper, dragonfly, hornet, robust cicada, brown cicada, periodical cicada, Walker's cicada and evening cicada.
Depending on a user's device, they'll also be able to hear each insect's unique sound, just like they can currently hear an AR cat meow and an AR tiger roar.