Google Sodar uses AR on Android phones to help social distance
Google recently launched a new experimental website that works with Android phones and can tell you if you are too close to someone – within two meters – while you are trying to distance yourself.
It only works in the web browser at the moment, and only on some Android phones that support augmented reality, which superimposes digital objects on top of the real world. As you can see in the image above, Sodar places a digital print on the ground indicating the distance of 2 meters.
It worked on my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, for example, but doesn’t work on my iPhone. But it’s a taste of what might be possible if Google or other companies ultimately decided to create an app that supports iPhone and Android. And it easily shows if you are 2 meters from someone.
Here’s how to check it if you have an Android phone.
- Open the Chrome browser on your phone.
- Go to sodar.withgoogle.com.
- If your phone is supported, you will see a box asking you to confirm that you are ready to “enter AR”.
- Allow access to your camera.
- Point your phone at the floor and move it around until a bunch of little white dots appear on the floor.
Now take a walk and lift the phone up a bit. He will show you a ring that shows a radius of two meters around you. I was somewhat surprised at the distance at which it ended up being. When I walked near my wife, I was pretty much on the other side of the room and further than I would have been if I just tried to stay two meters (or 6.56 feet) ) from someone.
Try it yourself. If anything, it can help you better understand how far you should stand to protect yourself and others from the spread or potential contraction of coronavirus.