We are required to follow the lockdown guidelines and social distancing norms to stop the spread of the coronavirus. United Nations made an app called 1point5 to help you achieve a distance of 1.5 metres from your fellow human beings. However, the app requires people around to have Bluetooth turned on to notify you if they enter your vicinity.
Google has now jumped in to help users maintain social distancing with its new augmented reality tool Sodar. Neither does Sodar require you to install any kind of app nor does it need the people around you to have their phone on them.
The AR tool uses WebXR to visualise a two-meter radius ring around you to help you maintain social distancing. The phone uses augmented reality to map the area around you superimposing the virtual ring on the view from your camera.
Sodar – use WebXR to help visualise social distancing guidelines in your environment. Using Sodar on supported mobile devices, create an augmented reality two meter radius ring around you. #hacktohelp https://t.co/Bu78QrEN9f pic.twitter.com/kufatNFDQk
— Experiments with Google (@ExpWithGoogle) May 28, 2020
How to use Sodar to maintain social distancing
*Visit goo.gle/sodar or sodar.withgoogle.com
*Tap on ‘Launch’
*You will see a dialogue box asking for your permission to let the website “create a 3D map of your surroundings and track camera positions”
*Allow the permission
*Scan the ground
*You will see a ring around you with a 2-meter radius
To use the Sodar on your phone, you need to have the updated version of the Google ARCore. You can search for “Google Play Services for AR” on the Play Store and update/install it to use the new social distancing AR tool.
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