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  • Writer's pictureJaime Donally

Google Maps AR

There are times I run across augmented and virtual reality apps that seem to contradict the reason why I share ARVRinEDU. I seem to find more and more of these impractical or unnecessary apps that use AR/VR for fun but have no place in improving our lives or our classrooms. However, when I find impressive ARVRinEDU resources, I immediately share out them out with ideas to include in your lesson plans. I'm excited to share a new release that I believe will improve our daily lives.

Google has recently released some impressive, practical augmented reality. The release of browser-based augmented reality in the Google search was brilliant. While there are currently only a few animals to view, the concept of experiencing a Google search in our real-world does bring learning to a whole new level. I expect Google AR will continue to grow in augmented reality content, providing our students with access to 3D content from around the world.

The latest augmented reality release by Google is in our maps. Using the same ARKit and ARCore technology that we found in Google AR, will now give walking directions in augmented reality through the Google Maps app.

The new AR feature in Google Maps provides directions in a much more beneficial way, looking through your screen.

When walking around in a new city, following the instructions on a map can be quite confusing. Which direction is north or south? What street am I walking down? Where should I cross the street? If you have a hard time asking for directions, you'll want to try out this new AR feature!

With a plethora of unnecessary AR/VR apps, it's encouraging to see the beneficial tools coming out that improve our lives. Students can use this new resource for travel, guidance on a new campus, or exploring the city they live. Who knows, this release may help your students avoid being late to class (doubtful).

Assuming you have an ARKit/ARCore compatible mobile device, you can find directions on using this tool below.

1. Open Google Maps on your mobile device.

2. Find a place you will walk to on the map and select walking directions.

3. Tap "Start AR" at the bottom of the screen.

4. Scan your surrounding and follow the arrows.

5. Share your experience with the #ARVRinEDU community on social media.


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