Google AR brings Baby Yoda to homes across the globe

Now, fans of the Disney Plus show “The Mandalorian” can rejoice! For those who are not familiar with the series, The Mandalorian is set five years after the events of “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” It follows the story of a Mandalorian bounty hunter and his journey with The Child, more fondly called “Baby Yoda” by fans. It was created by Jon Favreau and it is the first live-action series of the acclaimed Star Wars franchise. (Read: Expanded Reality poised to grow in 2020 even with COVID-19)

The season finale of the series’ second season has just aired, and fans are incredibly hyped at how the show has been progressing so far. In honor of The Mandalorian Season 2 finale, Google used the same AR technology they used during the Halloween season to bring Baby Yoda straight to the homes of fans across the globe.

To make Baby Yoda appear, fans can follow these three simple steps:

  1. Go to using the browser of an Android or an iOS device and enter “The Child” or “Baby Yoda” into the search bar.
  2. Scroll down the search list until the “View in 3D” prompt pops up. By tapping on the prompt, users would be shown a “View in your space” button, which would allow the device to scan the user’s surroundings.
  3. The camera view should appear, and Baby Yoda would pop up as soon as the camera analyzes the space and sees the floor area.

The quality of the feature varies depending on the device used for viewing, but it should be able to work on any type of Android and iOS device. For an added fun factor, the feature also has a camera button that lets users take photos and record videos. Baby Yoda can also be moved around the room or rotated, so he can be viewed from different angles.

However, it’s not only Baby Yoda that users can see using Google’s AR feature. Google added 50 AR animals to pop up when users type in specific keywords using the search engine. There’s a red panda, a cat, a hippo, a giraffe, and a zebra—among the other new AR animals and the animals that were part of the initial launch of Google’s AR feature.

Tech giant Google has been making waves in the augmented reality (AR) scene as of late for its release of various Halloween-themed AR surprises. Back in October, users could type in a set of keywords and be delighted with fun AR features like pets dressed in Halloween costumes, dancing skeletons, jack-o’-lanterns, and even a cute, little ghost. If users looked up the word “Halloween,” they would see a small box with a prompt that said, “Summon up a 3D ghost.” A few taps later, they would have their very own ghost floating around their home. The feature was available for both iOS and Android devices, and it certainly made for a fun, new way to experience the Google search engine.

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Misha Fabian

Athlete | Performer | Writer

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