Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is showing signs of winding down, but Google will still hold its annual I / O developer conference as a virtual affair, with keynotes and sessions available as live streams and on-demand videos starting Tuesday, May 18. and concluding on Thursday, May 20.
As a consolation prize, Google has a web-based AR treat for attendees and observers to get a taste of the conference in their own home office.
The Google I / O Photo Booth is a web app available for desktop and mobile browsers that adds animated brand mascots and Easter eggs from across the Google ecosystem, including the Android Bugdroid, Chrome̵
After adding your virtual friends, you can take a photo and add more props, including Google products, fashion accessories, snacks, app icons, and more, to the photo before completing it to download and share. The web app also gives you the ability to resize, rotate and adjust the virtual objects in the scene.
It’s not the most technically impressive example of Google’s web-based AR. Last month, Google even published a collection of WebXR experiments that revolve around the Google I / O Photo Booth. Rather, this new example shows the power of Flutter and Firebase in building web apps, particularly one that involves the camera, the center of the mobile AR world.
Google’s web-based augmented reality capabilities, including the addition of Scene Viewer to ARCore, the growing library of 3D content available through Google Search and support for the WebXR standard in Google Chrome, have grown significantly in recent years.
With Google I / O becoming the showcase for the company’s latest advancements in AR, this new virtual photo booth is a fitting appetizer for upcoming entrees and desserts.