For several years now, virtual reality and augmented reality have contributed greatly to how we view the world. They are alternative realities that are seen with the use of mobile devices. They allow interaction with information and the world. They can still be used in many ways and industries and this time Google wants to explore more possibilities with the introduction of WebXR. This new service is a product of Google’s experiments. WebXR combines AR and VR seen on the web and allows them to be more accessible and more convenient to use.
Google has officially launched WebXR. It is a collection where new possibilities are shown. The technology aims to offer more immersive experiences that are useful and, for some, fun. We assume this is similar to the WebVR Experiments launched by Google in 2017.
Some possibilities include Floom. It’s a new way to adventure and explore the planet. It was developed with WebXR and Google Maps. It’s easy to use. Launch a browser to tunnel through the ground. You can see what’s on the other side.
Google has also introduced Sodar. It can go a long way these days – the age of social distancing. It helps to visualize the distance between people or objects. It works by using an augmented reality radar from the browser. It can tell you what two meters or six feet really looks like in any scene.
Assess allows you to calculate the area, volume or length of different elements of the environment. No ruler or tape measure required. Just hold up your phone.
No official schedule is provided, but Picturesque available soon. It will turn your Google Photos library into a more immersive gallery. This way, you can revisit places and explore memories in AR.
Google WebXR works with the Chrome browser, but only on a supported Android mobile device. You can check it in g.co/webXR.