After dinosaurs, mammals and curious objects, Google included insects on the list of animals you can view in 3D using augmented reality. If the cell phone has been a good companion for children at the time of play, you must have used this feature at some point. When searching for a atlas moth, for example, a button activates its 3D version (in augmented reality); know how to do it.
It’s not easy to leave home this year, but you can take advantage of the smartphone’s AR function to observe insects in detail and take fun pictures with 3D models. Just use an Android or iOS smartphone (iPhone) and imagination.
Your kids can find up to 23 insects in 3D in Google search and several other models in AR (Augmented Reality) in the search. See if your phone is compatible.
Augmented reality uses devices like cell phones to add digital content to the real world. Unlike virtual reality, you don’t need headsets, glasses or other equipment. Just use your phone’s camera and an AR app.
All you need is an Android 7.0 (Nougat) or higher phone or tablet.
Google has a list of all currently supported devices.
Check if your cell phone appears in this list, in case something doesn’t work as expected.
For those with an iPhone and / or iPad, note that the ARCore system supports all ARKit-compatible devices running iOS 11.0 or later.
How to see a 3D insect on Google
Now that you have everything ready and Android or iOS updated, just look for the names listed below and then you should see a result that says “See in 3D” on the spot.
- Open Google search (application or browser);
- Search for “atlas beetle;
- Scroll down the page and find the “See in 3D” button;
- Touch and you will see the beetle in 3D;
- Tap on “see in your space” to see in augmented reality;
- The system will “detect the ground” and overlap with the dinosaur image.
After viewing in full size, you can “take a picture” of the projection in your environment, together with the children and save it in the gallery to publish on social networks.
3D Insects on Google
There are twenty-three 3D insects available on Google, just type the name of each:
- Beetle (Dorcus Hopei) *
- Atlas beetle
- Jewel Beetle (Bupreste)
- Scarab beetle (Leiodidae or Ceratocanthus Aeneus)
- Hercules beetle
- Miyama beetle (Lucanus Maculifemoratus)
- Rhinoceros beetle (Dynastinae)
- Morpho butterfly
- Swallowtail butterfly (Papilionidae)
- Night cicada (Tanna Japonensis) *
- Periodic cicada (Magicicada)
- Robust cicada (Hyalessa maculaticollis)
- Walker cicada (Meimuna opalifera or Megatibicen Pronotalis)
- Praise to God
- Lucano (Lucanidae)
- Atlas moth
- Rosalia batesi (Taurhina Longiceps, the card did not appear)
- Mandarin Wasp
* The launch was made on Google Japan. Some results, in English and Portuguese, reflect names of films or songs. Choose the option “insect” or use the scientific name.
Giant insects in 3D
Note that Google’s augmented reality feature reveals a large 3D version of the insect, larger than normal, that you can rotate, enlarge, flip and observe from all angles. You can also hear the buzz and other sounds of the insects, and watch them spread their wings and transform before your eyes (in case of metamorphic).
You can tap to view it where you are (in the living room, for example), which places the insect on a flat surface in front of you. If you want to see in a really small size, you will need to tap on “view in real size”.
If you’re in Japan, Google is also running a photo contest of these same insects for prizes. You can find the details at g.co/konchu.
With information: Google Japan