Google’s Augmented Reality Feature Gives Halloween New Life This Year

published Oct 31, 2020
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Halloween might look a lot different today, but Google has a spooktacular new feature that gives All Hallows’ Eve new life (or, er death) this year. The company debuted a new augmented reality feature that brings Halloween characters to life via the Google app or on iOS or Android mobile browsers this spooky season. A simple new “View in 3D” button will summon the otherworldly creatures into your world.

Here’s how it works: Search for Halloween-related words on Google via the app or mobile browser, such as “jack-o’-lantern,” “human skeleton,” “cat,” “dog,” and more, and tap on the “View in 3D” button. The spooktacular creatures will then summon into your home via the screen. When you Google a cat, for example, you have the option to view a cat in a witch hat in 3D, and for dog searches, you have the option to view a dog in a hot dog costume in 3D. 

Better yet, you can take photos and capture videos of your haunting creations to send to family and friends. The feature brings new life to a Halloween impacted by a global health pandemic this year. 

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Google Assistant also has some ghoulish new features to take advantage of in the form of songs, riddles, haunted homes, and costume ideas this year. For songs, request, “Hey Google, sing the Halloween song” and you’ll hear Google assist a werewolf, vampire, and ghost prepare their haunting skills for the spooky season.  “Hey Google, tell me a riddle,” on the other hand, will culminate in a Halloween-themed riddle room adventure, while “Hey Google, haunt my house” will emit Halloween sounds and music from all Assistant-enabled devices. Finally, for those in need of a last-minute costume, just ask, “Hey Google, what should I be for Halloween?” before those Halloween Zoom parties tonight. 

It’s clear that Google will not allow a pandemic to ruin the spooky season this year. Happy Halloween!