Google Now Lets You Fill Your Home with AR Insects

Google Now Lets You Fill Your Home with AR Insects

This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.

It’s not particularly well known, but Google has had a feature that lets you bring AR animals into the room via your phone for quite a while. Most of us used it once to put a dinosaur on the sofa or a cat on the bed, then never thought of it again.

Clearly, though, Google is still working on it, because they’ve just added a whole load of insects to the list of available animals, and we just have one question:

Who asked for that?!

Here’s the list, per The Verge:

  • Rhinoceros beetle
  • Hercules beetle
  • Atlas beetle
  • Stag beetle
  • Giant stag
  • Miyama stag beetle
  • Shining ball scarab beetle
  • Jewel beetle
  • Ladybird
  • Firefly
  • Rosalia batesi (a type of beetle)
  • Swallowtail butterfly
  • Morpho butterfly
  • Atlas moth
  • Mantis
  • Grasshopper
  • Dragonfly
  • Hornet
  • Robust cicada
  • Brown cicada
  • Periodical cicada
  • Walker’s cicada
  • Evening cicada

Wow, I was just dying to know what it’d be like to have FIVE TYPES OF CICADA making a racket in my living room (yes, there are sound effects).

“A Asian”? Not amazing grammar there, Goog.

If you want to see any of them, just search the name of the insect on Google on your phone, then tap “view in 3D,” then “view in your space.” It works on Apple devices with iOS 11 and up, and any ARCore-compatible Android.

What a time to be alive. [The Verge]