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Travel back in Time with AR Dinosaurs in Search

Dinosaurs may have ruled the Earth millions of years ago, but with augmented reality (AR), you can turn your home into your own “Jurassic World.” We're partnering with Universal Brand DevelopmentAmblin Entertainment and Ludia to bring 10 dinosaurs from “Jurassic World” to Google Search. Watch the massive T. Rex stomp in your living room or gaze up at a majestic Brachiosaurus as it towers above a tree in your neighborhood. 


Search for a dinosaur on Google using a mobile device and tap “View in 3D” to rotate or zoom in and see its details up close. You can then bring the dinosaur into your space with AR and adjust its size to understand how big it is in relation to the things around you. On Android devices, turn up your volume to hear the thudding footsteps and roars of each dinosaur.


“Jurassic World” dinosaurs that are viewable in AR include: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, and Parasaurolophus.


A behind-the-scenes look at how “Jurassic World” AR dinosaurs are made 

Using technology from Ludia’s “Jurassic World Alive” game, these models are some of the most realistic AR dinosaurs created to date. Check out this video to see how an AR Brachiosaurus is made, including 3D modeling, texturing and animation.


“To create the 3D dinosaurs, our concept artists first did preliminary research to discover information about each creature,” says Camilo Sanin, Ludia’s Lead on Character Creations. “Not only did we draw research from various forms of literature, our artists also worked with paleontologists and the ‘Jurassic World’ team to make the assets as accurate and realistic as possible. Even the smallest of details, such as irregularities of skin color and patterns, are important.” 


Unlike some of Google’s AR animals, like a dog or penguin, dinosaurs pose a new technical challenge: their massive size. The new auto scale feature on Android can now automatically calculate the distance between your phone and a surface in your space and resize the dinosaur so it fits on your phone screen. If you tap “See actual size,” AR tracking technology automatically repositions the dinosaur in your space to make room for it. 


How to access and share

  • Android: Search for one of the 10 dinosaurs on the Google app or any Android browser and tap “View in 3D.” You can see 3D content on devices with Android 7 Plus and you can see AR content on ARCore-enabled devices. Easily explore all dinosaurs using the carousel format in 3D mode.
  • iOS: Search for one of the 10 dinosaurs on the Google app or on Google.com with Chrome or Safari. 3D and AR content is available on iOS 11 Plus devices.


You can also create AR videos—or recreate your favorite scenes from the “Jurassic World” movies—with the recording option. Don’t forget to tag your photos and videos on social with #Google3D and #JurassicWorld. Safe traveling (back in time)!

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