2021, and the coronavirus pandemic is still looming in large numbers, so our travel plans to exotic destinations will have to wait. But fortunately, we can virtually travel through magical AR portals.
Google’s new experiment called Floom creates vortices in your room that will let’s see what’s on the other side of the world, literally.
Here’s how it works. Go to the Floom page in Chromeon on your Android device. After approval of the necessary permits, point the camera at an empty space on the floor. You may need to take a short walk to make it work.
You can tilt your phone to change the direction of the tunnel, and the app will build a new portal that takes you to another destination in the world. You can tap the portal for open a map powered by Google Earth to explore the place.
This new application is built on the WebXR platform, which aims to provide a VR and AR experience on multiple devices, including phones, desktops and specialized headsets. In addition to Floom, Google has launched a bunch of other WebXR experiments like them as a measurement application (with support for volume and area calculation) i virtual radar for social distancing. You can check them out here.
Currently Floom only works on Chrome for Android – sorry iPhone users, you’re out of luck. You can access the experiment here.
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Published April 8, 2021 – 6:31 UTC