Virtual and augmented reality, collectively known as mixed reality (MR) or more recently “extended reality” or XR, have always had the potential to make life not only more fun, but also more productive. Most applications, however, can focus too much on the “fun” aspect, leading most people to think that technology is only for entertainment.
WebXR refers to technologies that are being developed to enable virtual reality and augmented reality experiences within web browsers. While this makes the augmented reality experience more accessible to anyone with a device capable of running a web browser, they still require the proper hardware, such as cameras and sensors, to function properly. And what device do you carry in your pocket in a portable package compared to a smartphone?
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This is what Google WebXR experiments are trying to do, bringing those digitally enhanced experiences to your smartphone so you can use them anywhere.
- Sodar helps to visualize social distinctions which was launched during the heights of pandemic last year.
- With the measure, you can calculate the length, area and volume of things around you without using a tape measure.
- Floom is a new way to explore the planet, built with WebXR and Google Maps. Open your browser to tunnel through the Earth and see what’s on the other side.
- And soon, Picturescape turns your Google Photos library into an immersive gallery so that you can explore your memories in augmented reality.
However, neither compelling nor surprising, they offer a preview of what might be possible when developers bring their minds and imaginations together. These WebXR experiments can run on supported Android phones, but only on Chrome.
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