Google’s 3D image feature lets you bring an entire zoo into your house

Normally, being trapped inside your house with a full-sized tiger would be a bad thing, but in this case, it’s an exciting way to pass the time.

Whether you’re upset about not being able to visit the zoo or still buzzing off your “Tiger King” binge, you might want to check out Google’s 3D feature. The plugin, which you can use on an iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone, lets you bring augmented reality objects into your home.

There are plenty of ways to use the feature, but amid quarantine boredom, a strangely large number of people have been going to it for animal-specific hijinks. Twitter users in particular seem to be having an overall wonderful time.

How to use Google 3D for animals

So how does the feature work, exactly? First, you Google the name of the animal you want to see — simply type in “tiger” or “horse” for example.

Then scroll down a tiny bit on the page to where you’ll see a prompt with a message like “Meet a life-sized tiger up close.” After you click the “View in 3D” button, Google will access your camera and begin analyzing the room.

Once it’s seen enough of your surroundings, Google then places a 3D image of the animal right into your view. From there, take pictures, annoy your family members or do anything else that comes to mind.

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