Google’s Augmented Reality Cambodia will haunt your dreams.
2 min read
This story originally appeared on Engadget
For years, Google has been developing 3D models that you can see and manipulate in the real world using smartphone-based augmented reality (AR). Tigers, Velociraptors, Iron Man, and even Childish Gambino – I enjoyed conjuring them all up from the comfort of my living room. But a camropaquoscope? No thank you. Google’s newest AR offering is an ancient crustacean with a big black eye covered in tiny lenses. It’s a fascinating piece of history that turns out to be absolutely terrifying too, especially when you see her sitting at your desk or coffee table and staring at you.
If you’re like me and don’t like creatures that seem to be coming out Aliens or PrometheusYou can appreciate some of the other animals that Google has put together in partnership with the Darwin State Museum in Moscow and the Natural History Museum in London. These include the aegirocassis, a marine animal that lived 480 million years ago, a spotted logfish that lived in reefs, and a digital replica of the whale skeleton currently hanging on the ceiling of the Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum. All of this can be viewed through the Google Arts Culture app, encyclopedic software that also has art galleries, cave paintings, and the Apollo 11 command module in AR.