Google launches AR tool to let you if you're maintaining social distancing
Google's AR tool can be accessed from Chrome itself and there's no app required for it.
Google has launched a new AR tool which makes it easier to visualise social distancing, in case you were finding that difficult. This AR tool is available only for Android, and can be used directly from Google Chrome.
Called ‘Sodar', the AR tool can be accessed through the website goo.gle/sodar. Once you granted permission to the AR tool it will use your phone's camera to map the area around you. You'll have to point it towards a flat surface from wherever you're standing.
Sodar - use WebXR to help visualise social distancing guidelines in your environment. Using Sodar on supported mobile devices, create an augmented reality two meter radius ring around you. #hacktohelp https://t.co/Bu78QrEN9f pic.twitter.com/kufatNFDQk— Experiments with Google (@ExpWithGoogle) May 28, 2020
Sodar will make an AR circle around you which is 2 metres long. This is slightly more than the recommended 6 feet distance for social distancing. But that's not really an issue. It's currently available only for Android devices but older phones won't be compatible for it. Also, the iOS version hasn't been launched yet.
If you plan on using it whenever you step out, it's best to bookmark the webpage so it's easier to open it. Otherwise you'd have to enter the website's name everytime you want to use it.
Social distancing isn't really difficult and can be well understood by having to keep a two arms length. But for those who still need a more definite proof Sodar can come in handy. You can even use it to show anyone who's not following social distancing rules, if that helps.
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