Halloween is the time of year when people like to get a little spooky. Your home might already be decked out in ghosts and skeletons, but Google's 3D Augmented Reality (AR) objects can take it to the next level.
You might not know it, but Google search has the ability to bring 3D objects into your surroundings through augmented reality. This feature does not require any special app, it just works from the browser on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
3D objects include dinosaurs, a wide variety of animals, planets, and other miscellaneous things. Google also includes a handful of items specifically for Halloween:
- Dancing skeleton
- Dog in hot dog costume
- Dog in pirate costume
- Cat in a witch hat
To bring these spooky (and silly) objects into your world, you can use the Google app (iPhone, iPad, or Android) or Google's website in a mobile browser like Chrome.
Items can be found by searching for them. Terms you can use include "Halloween," "Jack-o-lantern," "human skeleton," "cat," "dog," and "German shepherd."
Then after searching for the desired AR Halloween character, scroll down to the main results tab and find the 3D object map. Press "View in 3D" to see the object in full screen.
From here you can move the object around your screen with your fingers as well as pinch it to resize the 3D character. To integrate it into your real environment, press “Display in your space”.
You will see a message prompting you to move your phone to help AR tech analyze the space and determine how much space is available. The object will then appear. You can move the Halloween object around and scale it with your fingers.
Press the camera shutter button in the center of the screen to take a photo.
Swipe the open map from the bottom of the screen to see related Halloween items. Tap one to place it on your phone screen.
That's all we can say about it! Go ahead and add some of Google's Halloween 3D AR fantasy to your world.
There’s an AR ghost on Google Search. There’s a dancing skeleton, set of creepy jack-o’-lanterns, and costumed cats and dogs, too. Ahead of Halloween weekend in the U.S., Google has launched a set of fun, augmented reality-powered features on Google Search which appear as an option when you search for specific Halloween terms using a mobile device.
For example, if you search for the word “Halloween” and scroll down the search results page, you’ll see a box that prompts you to “Summon up a 3D ghost.” When you tap the “View in 3D” button, you’re able to see the ghost floating around your room.
On the iPhone, you’ll first have to move the phone around the room to get started, as with other AR apps. On Android devices, however, the ghost immediately appears in 3D but there’s a separate button, “View in your space,” that will place the ghost in the environment with you.
Google says the features work in the Google Search app and in the mobile browser.
Once the AR object has been placed in your room, you can move around it to view it from different angles, move closer or further away, or drag it around it around with your finger. The object even leaves a shadow on the floor, to make it seem like it’s really there.
Spooky, Halloween music will also play in the background as the AR objects float or dance in your space. You can then take a photo or a video to share elsewhere, if you choose.
In addition the AR ghost, you can search for a set of three jack-o’lanterns, a dancing skeleton, a hot dog (well, a dog in a hot dog costume), a pirate dog, and a magic cat.
The latter two appear when you google for the keywords “dog” or “cat,” while a search for “hot dog” will pull up the playful dachshund that paws at the ground and wags its tail. Searches for “skeleton” and “jack-o’-lantern” (and some variations) will bring up the others.
You may also see a pop-up at the bottom of the main Google.com landing page that suggests you try the new AR feature, but it wasn’t showing up consistently for us on every visit.
Google has experimented with AR features on Google Search for some time, having offered up 3D models of animals, places, spaceships, celestial bodies including the moon, the planets and more, as well as biology terms, anatomical systems, chemistry terms, plus cars, shoes, and even Santa.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to find all the AR objects offered in one place — you usually just stumble upon them when searching.
Besides the AR Halloween search feature, Google also introduced two new doorbell ringtones for its Hello Nest devices, “Black Cat” and “Werewolf.” You can continue to use the sounds introduced last year, like ghost, vampire, monster or witch noises, for example.
Google Assistant, meanwhile, now tells Halloween-themed riddles and can sing a Halloween song, as well, in another nod to the holiday.
Google’s connection to every part of our lives is now intentionally spooky as the platform rolls out Halloween Easter eggs across all platforms.
Google is no stranger to Easter eggs and hidden features across its platforms and right now, the fun-loving tradition continues with AR ghosts and other Halloween-themed goodies. Just as it did for things like the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man and the release of Avengers: Infinity War, Google is capitalizing on current events with unexpected features. This time around, the Easter eggs extend beyond the Google homepage and make use of technology in other cool ways.
Google’s history of themed secrets goes back years now. Most of these tricks have been connected to the search engine’s often-ignored “I’m Feeling Lucky” button. There were options like typing the word “Google” backward and clicking the aforementioned button to get a mirrored, amusingly unusable version of your search results. These ideas eventually expanded to become Google “Doodles”, stylized takes on the Google logo that would lead to playable games or stories.
This Halloween feature combines every aspect of Google’s themed events. As the Google blog details, it’s possible to summon a ghost or other familiar spooky characters through augmented reality right now. Anyone with access to an Android or iOS device can use the Google app or the device’s mobile browser to conjure some Halloween fun through a variety of text commands. Search terms like “Halloween”, “jack-o-lantern”, or “human skeleton” will produce the usual search results card, but with an added “View in 3D” prompt. Selecting this will take you to another screen where it’s possible to view the 3D model in your real-life space via your device’s camera and augmented reality. The spooky AR guests can then be captured in photos and videos that you can share online.
Google Has Other Halloween Tricks and Treats
Beyond the AR fun, there are other cool, thematic tools you can use for free today. Google’s AI assistant has a new feature if you ask it to “tell me a riddle”, which reveals that the Assistant AI apparently hates root beer, among other things. This particular command is a minutes-long adventure that is both entertaining and genuinely funny, so don’t miss out. Other new commands include “Hey Google, sing the Halloween song”.
Perhaps the best part of all of this, though, is Google’s treat for people with Google-equipped smart home devices. The command “haunt my house” uses multiple tools to spook up your home. It’ll play creepy sounds from any paired speakers or devices and even flash Halloween colors on AI-powered lights. Google Nest users also get the option to play sounds like the howls of a werewolf from their doorbells via the new “Spooky Sounds” ringtone theme. Finally, of course, there’s a new home page Google Doodle mini-game to try as well, by visiting the traditional Google website.
Google has integrated special 3D animals and objects into its 3D catalogue for Halloween 2020. Here's how you can click photos with them.
Google has added three Halloween specific animals into its 3D catalogue including a Black Cat, German Shephard and Hot Dog. (Express Photo: Karanveer Singh Arora)
Want to celebrate Halloween but stuck at home due to Covid-19? Don’t worry, Google is bringing a spiritual twist to this year’s Halloween celebration with augmented reality experiences or 3D objects in AR. The company has integrated special 3D animals and objects into its 3D catalogue, including the Black Cat, pirate dog, human skeleton and more.
Google 3D Animals
Google has added three Halloween specific animals into its 3D catalogue including a Black Cat, which shows up with a wizard hat, a German Shephard who is dressed like a pirate and a Hot Dog, where a Dachshund is dressed as an actual hot dog. To bring these up you can type in the keywords Black Cat, German Shephard and Hot Dog, and then you can tap on the “View in 3D” option. The new window will show you all other 3D characters you can pick, along with the option to “View in your space”, that will put the character into the real world along with a Halloween track. You can then take a photo or a video of the character.
Google 3D Objects
Apart from the three animals, it has also added three objects including a ghost, spooky pumpkin and a human skeleton. To bring up these 3D objects you can search for Halloween, which will bring up a 3D ghost. You can type jack-o-lantern to bring up three spooky pumpkins, which launch and rock side to side. And type, human skeleton to bring up a dancing skeleton. After you search the keyword in Google a floating card will have its information along with a button to “View in 3D”, when you press that the object will come up in a 3D representation. You can then tap on the “View in your space” option, to put the object into your surroundings.
Note: Google 3D animals and objects are available on most Android and iOS devices. To use the feature the user just needs to search the right terms inside of the Google app or the mobile browser.
Ahead of Halloween, Google 3D Animals and Google 3D Objects get a Halloween treatment. Here’s how you can try it out on your Android, iPhone.
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New Delhi Published on: October 29, 2020 21:16 IST
Google 3D feature.
Google launched it’s AR-based Google 3D animals feature back in 2019. The feature gained popularity back in March this year due to the coronavirus lockdown. In order to add a layer of fun on top of learning, the company has given the Google 3D Animals a ‘Haloween’ treatment.
The company has not only designed costumes for the animals but has also introduced various other objects in its library. As of now, Google 3D Animals with Haloween getup includes a Black Cat and a Dog. While the Black Cat comes wearing a witch hat, the dog appears as a Hot Dog.
As for the other objects, Google has added a ghost, spooky pumpkin and a human skeleton in order to bring the real Halloween fun into the app. Upon typing Halloween in the Google app, you will be greeted by a 3D ghost. One can also search for jack-o-lantern in order to bring up three spooky pumpkins. Typing the keyword ‘human skeleton’ on the search box will bring up a dancing skeleton.
It is easy to bring animals, objects and more in 3D to the real world with a simple search in the Google search engine. That list now includes several popular anime characters from Japan., including Pac-Man and Hello Kitty. We will show you how.
What anime characters are available?
Thanks to Google ARCore and Apple ARKit, many smartphones and tablets can view 3D objects without the need for any additional software. Google search includes a handful of the most popular anime characters, japanese games and tv shows. Here is the list of characters available at the time of writing this post:
- Gundam Ulises
- Penélope Gundam
- Hello kitty
- Little twin stars
- Maestro Taiko
- Ultraman Belial
- Ultraman Zero
- Xi Gundam
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How to see 3D characters in Google search
To bring these 3D characters to the real world using artificial reality (WITH), you can use the google app on your iPhone, iPad, O Android device. It can also be done simply from the Google mobile website and Chrome.
First, search for one of the previously listed characters in google search. we will use “Pac-Man” for this guide.
Scroll down the results page and search “Watch [Character Name] in Your Space ”and then tap the“ View in 3D ”button.
A preview of the 3D character will appear. Touch “See in your space” to place it in the real world with the help of your device’s camera.
You must give access to the camera, your phone’s microphone and storage to use this feature. Touch “Provide access” and grant the corresponding permissions.
Next, you will be prompted to move your phone to help AR technology analyze space.
Once the space has been analyzed, character will appear. You can drag and use your fingers to pinch and zoom the character to better fit the area.
Tap the shutter button on the camera to take a photo of the scene. Alternatively, you can choose the 3D box icon to go back to the previous screen or scroll up to see the related models.
That is all! You now have the power to put these amazing characters in your world.. Google Search offers many other fun 3D models to play with, So be sure to explore!
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Halloween is my favorite holiday, but just like everything else in 2020, this year won’t be as festive for most of us. If you’re starved for some good-natured spooky vibes, you can try banishing the blah by summoning a ghost or reanimated skeleton to dance for you—digitally, at least.
Google has added a handful of seasonally-appropriate characters to its 3D model library just in time for Halloween. The models are viewable in augmented reality on most iOS and Android devices, but you
need to intone the proper incantation search for the right keywords in the Google Search app or via Google’s website on your mobile browser to summon them .
According to TechCrunch , “Halloween” is the most reliable search term and should invoke and dancing ghost, but other possible hits include:
- Hot dog
Basically, if you search for something Halloween-related, you should be able to find the models. Here’s a quick walkthrough for how to materialize them in augmented reality:
- Perform the search, then scroll through the results.
- Google will ask if you want to “Summon up a 3D ghost.”
- Tap “View in 3D” to confirm and wait for the model to load. You can also select one of the other models from the bottom menu.
- Depending on the device you use, you may have to look around the room with your device to find the ghost, or tap to “View in your Space.”
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Your cyber-séance is accompanied by music in the background, which adds some spooky atmosphere. You can snap a photo or record a video of your undead and/or costumed animal friends to share with your real-life human ones , too.
Google’s AR Halloween experiences won’t replace costume parties or ornately decorated lawns, but they’re better than nothing. If you’re looking for more Halloween-themed AR distractions, Amazon has a “carv able” digital pumpkin hidden on its new boxes ( it’s also available online ), and Netflix’s app can turn your home into a virtual “cute scary” haunted house on Halloween.
Bringing 3D animals, objects, and more into the real world is easy with a simple Google search. This list now includes several popular anime characters from Japan, including Pac-Man and Hello Kitty. We̵
What anime characters are there?
Thanks to ARCore from Google and ARKit from Apple, many smartphones and tablets can display 3D objects without the need for additional software. Google search has a handful of the most popular characters from Japanese anime, game, and TV shows. Here is the list of characters that were available at the time of writing:
- Gundam Odysseus
- Gundam Penelope
- Hello Kitty
- Small twin stars
- Taiko master
- Ultraman Belial
- Ultraman Zero
- Xi Gundam
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How to View 3D Characters in Google Search
To bring these 3D characters into the real world using Artificial Reality (AR), you can use the Google app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. This can also be easily done through the Google mobile website in Chrome.
First, search for one of the characters listed above in Google. We’ll be using “Pac-Man” for this guide.
On the results page, scroll down and look for “See [Character Name] in your room ”and then tap the“ View in 3D ”button.
A preview of the 3D character is displayed. Tap “Show in Your Room” to place it in the real world using your device’s camera.
You must grant access to your handset’s camera, microphone and memory to use this feature. Tap on “Grant Access” and grant the appropriate permissions.
Next, you will be asked to move your phone to allow AR technology to analyze the room.
As soon as the room has been analyzed, the symbol appears. You can drag it and use your fingers to pinch and zoom the character to better fit it in the area.
Tap the camera’s shutter button to take a photo of the scene. Alternatively, you can select the 3D box icon to return to the previous screen or scroll up to view related models.
That’s it! You now have the power to bring these great characters into your world. Google search has many other fun 3D models to play with.
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There are approximately 30 animals to choose from, including lions, ducks, eagles, goats, sharks, wolves, turtles and more.
For Easter, Google added the 3D Easter Bunny.
Lately, we’ve been hoping that Google would add a ghost or other Halloween characters to its list of animals. And now we can share that it has!
The Halloween 3D “animals” that we know about are:
- Human skeleton (and it dances!)
- Jack-o-lantern (it’s actually three)
- Black cat (wearing a witch’s hat)
- Halloween (a cute ghost)
- German shepherd (wearing a pirate costume)
- Hot dog (wiener dog in a hot dog costume)
Search for “black cat” on Google Chrome on your smartphone. Near the top of the results, you should see this screen:
Click on “View in 3D.”
Give it a little time and move your phone around, and you should see the actual black cat in the room, in an AR experience. It will move around.
Depending on where you point your phone, you can see different angles of the animal. Get close and it’s bigger.
Once you get the cat positioned, grab your kid, your dog, your real life cat, or your partner and position them with the cat. The cat will move around but it won’t go anywhere. Then take a picture!
Try it with the human skeleton and the other Halloween “animals!”
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For Halloween 2021, NYX Professional Makeup once again released a collection based on a series of spooky looks created by noted illusion makeup artist Mimi Choi.
The collection was marketed by a campaign called ‘The Twisted World of Oz’, with the makeup looks being a surrealistic take on the main characters of the classic musical fantasy film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Much like their ‘Haunted Halloween’ range in 2020, NYX Professional Makeup wanted an AR experience as part of their ‘The Twisted World of Oz’ campaign that would incentivise people to buy the products and recreate the makeup looks.
We created this AR face filter that was available to both Instagram and Snapchat users. When a user opened the experience, they were introduced by a dynamic screen with a book titled ‘The Twisted World of Oz’. Its front cover turned over to reveal a special page that the screen zoomed in on.
This page contained six 3D avatars of different characters inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz along the famous yellow brick road: Twisted Beauty, Hay Bae, Goddess of Good, Ms. Metal, Bad Wisch, and Courage Queen.
The user was then prompted to swipe down their screen, which moved the yellow brick road forward along with the six characters. Tapping on an individual character allowed the user to virtually try on the character’s makeup look with the associated face filter.
Afterwards, the user could tap their screen again to return to the yellow brick road page where they could explore the looks of the other characters, flicking between them as if the user was flicking through the pages of an actual book.
Click or scan this QR code with your phone to try it out:
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(Pocket-lint) – To get into the Halloween spirit, Google has added a number of “spook-tacular” features to its various search tools including letting you see ghosts, skeletons, eerie pumpkins and more.
On the standard Google homepage, you can see a fun Doodle with Momo the cat in an underwater adventure. But the real goodness comes when you start searching for Halloween related terms on your mobile.
Grab your smartphone and open the Google app or your browser and search for Halloween, Jack-o-lantern, human skeleton, cat, dog or German Shepherd and you’ll see new results that include augmented reality versions of those characters.
From there, you can click the “View in 3D” button to see them in a 3D space, moving, dancing or generally getting up to Halloween based mischief. In the US on some phones, you’ll have the option to “view in your space” and clicking that will let a skeleton loose in your home.
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There are a few fun searches to try out including a pirate dog, hot dog, magic cat and more.
These new AR animations are nice additions to the growing list of 3D objects Google has available. The company keeps adding more and more of these to search, letting you visualise what you’re searching for in your real-world space. They’re certainly a lot of fun.
Have you ever played around with Google’s 3D Animal feature? It allows you invite animals into your home, virtually, through an augmented reality (AR) feature, similar to that used in Pokemon Go.
There are approximately 30 animals to choose from, including lions, ducks, eagles, goats, sharks, wolves, turtles and more. Last spring, Google included the Easter Bunny in its lineup (see the pics below!)
Now, for Halloween, you can take photos with a cast of spooky characters!
Try it with these search terms (see the instructions below):
- Human skeleton (and it dances!)
- Jack-o-lanterns (a row of three)
- Black cat (wearing a witch’s hat)
- Halloween (a cute ghost)
- German shepherd (wearing a pirate costume)
- Hot dog (wiener dog in a hot dog costume)
To find one, you search for an animal by name on Google Chrome on your smartphone. We’ve found that this does not work with the Google App – just with Google Chrome. (Your experience might be different; it can vary by phone.)
Make sure that you allow Google to access your camera (in settings.)
For example, search for Lion. Near the top of the search results you should see a picture of a lion and the words “Meet a life-sized lion up close.” Click on “View in 3D.”
Give it a little time and move your phone around, and you should see a lion in the room, in an AR experience. It will move around a little bit, and act lion-like.
Depending on where you point your phone, you can see different angles of the animal. Get close and it’s bigger.
These detailed instructions and screenshots below come to you courtesy of our sister site, Charlotte on the Cheap. They feature the Easter Bunny, but you can search for many other different animals — we hear lions and tigers are popular choices!
Search for “Easter Bunny” or “human skeleton” or “black cat” (or whatever you’d like to see) on Google Chrome on your smartphone.
Near the top of the results, you should see this screen (if you searched for black cat):
Click on “View in 3D.”
Give it a little time and move your phone around, and you should see your chosen character in your room or yard, in an AR experience. It will move around a little bit in a natural fashion.
Depending on where you point your phone, you can see different angles of the animal. Get close and it’s bigger. You can also resize the animal or character by pinching to zoom in or out.
Below, you can see we’ve placed the spooky black cat in our yard.
Once you get the character positioned, you can take some fun portraits.
Just grab your kid, your dog, your cat, your partner, or whoever you’ve been sequestered with, and position them next to the creature. It will move around a little bit, but won’t run away. As the creature moves around, you can get different shots. Use the photo shutter button that appears on the screen to take the picture.
If your kid, dog, cat, or partner isn’t super-cooperative you might have to try this a few times, but don’t worry. The 3-D character will not run out of patience sigh with exasperation. Just keep trying!
Augmented reality is no longer just for humans — online pet supply retailer Chewy is bringing one of the web’s hottest trends to our four-legged friends with the new “Fur-tual Boutique” virtual try-on experience.
The AR tool lets dogs and cats virtually try out seven of Chewy’s most popular Halloween costumes from Frisco, including Cowboy, Killer Doll, Granny and Superhero. And it’s a lot easier than getting Fido or Whiskers in and out of outfits as the humans make up their mind.
Customers can enter the Fur-tual Boutique on their phones directly from the Chewy website. By uploading a photo of their pet or taking one through the platform, pet owners can then adjust the fit of their chosen 3D costume to visualize what it would look like on their pet. Images can be displayed on a themed Halloween background or within the native environment of their original photo.
At the end of the experience, users receive a custom image of their furry friend wearing the costume to share on social media, and they can visit Chewy’s Halloween Shop directly from the platform to purchase one of the costumes they tried on or shop Chewy’s full assortment. Customers who share images of their pet’s photos on social media and tag Chewy with the hashtag #HairyNotSoScary will also have the chance to win prizes.
Halloween may look different this year because of all the pandemic restrictions but that’s not stopping anyone from having a bit of fun, even if most of it will be online. Google is bringing some new 3D Augmented Reality treats on the Google Search app. Don’t worry, there are no ghosts or ghouls to scare you but there are several Halloween themed goodies that you can take a look at, from weird animal costumes to pumpkins and skeletons.
Google’s 3D AR goodies have been fun and interesting (and even educational) as you get to play around virtually with animals and objects. After introducing dinosaurs and other creatures, we now get down to Halloween business. For the animal parts, you’ll get a black cat (of course) with a pointed magical hat, a German Shepherd that doubles as a pirate, and a Weiner dog that is actually a hotdog sandwich. Just search for “cat”, “German Shepherd” or “hot dog” and you should get the Halloween animals in the result cards.
If you don’t feel like seeing Halloween animals, there are also some other slightly scarier options. There’s a classic white sheet ghost, some jack o lanterns, and maybe “scariest” of them all, a wacky, dancing skeleton. Okay, that one will probably not scare you but the dancing is actually cringe-inducing. Just search for “ghost”, “jack o lantern”, or “human skeleton” respectively. That should be good enough for a few laughs.
Just like the previous animals in the 3D AR collection, you can experience it in 3D on your phone or place it in your own space in all its AR glory. There is also some Halloween-themed music to go alongside these special Google Search results. You can also capture photos and videos when you “place” them in your area and they start “moving around”. There’s nothing “educational” going on in here, just fun.
The Halloween 3D AR collection is now available on Google Search for most users. Let’s see if there will be more to this as we approach Halloween or maybe we’ll get ready for Christmas after this.
has also rolled out a "Snap Map" that will allow users to see where their friends are and what are their Halloween Bitmoji costumes. Snapchat assures that the users will be able to choose if they want to share their locations with their friends or switch to the "Ghost Mode" to disappear!
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In the spirit of Halloween, social media app, Snapchat has rolled out a few themed features. These features include Halloween lenses, new bitmoji costumes and a “spooky Snap Map”. The new features will allow users to get Halloween-themed bitmoji costumes, track where their friends are “Trick-or-Treating” and use spooky AR lenses. For the unversed, Halloween is on 31 October. Also Read – Snapchat, Niti Aayog to train 12,000 teachers in AR
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Snapchat Halloween-themed features
The newly introduced Werewolf lens uses AR technology to transform the user to human body mesh and body morphing. Using upper garment segmentation technology, users can also use the “Spooky Fashion” lens to transform their look. This Halloween-inspired costume will show a ghosts-themed spooky Haunted House. Also Read – Here's how you can change user name on Snapchat
Snapchat has introduced new six Bitmoji costumes including a fairy, a witch, a clown, a ballerina, & an angel and devil — as well as 3 new festive shirts and hoodies including two jack o’lanterns and a skeleton.
Snapchat will also be able to share “Spooky stickers” with their friends via chats and snaps.
How to change your Bitmoji outfit
- Open the Snapchat app and tap on the profile in the top-left corner.
- Tap on the hanger icon on the top of your 3D Bitmoji. This will lead to a “Bitmoji Fashion wardrobe” that will show you the options of Halloween costumes to choose from.
- Users can now choose the outfit of their choice and they are good to go!
In addition to this, the social media app has also rolled out a “Snap Map” that will allow users to see where their friends are and what are their Halloween Bitmoji costumes. Snapchat assures that the users will be able to choose if they want to share their locations with their friends or switch to the “Ghost Mode” to disappear!
For those of us who love all of the haunted houses and frights that this holiday brings, we have a new reason to get excited this year. Augmented Reality is now becoming more common in apps, haunted house displays, and overall Halloween experiences.
Augmented Reality (AR) Technology takes your current environment and adds digital elements. A recent example is PokemonGo, an app that allows players to travel through their physical environment to find and collect digital monsters.
Just as Halloween has been traditionally viewed as a breaking down of the boundaries between the everyday and supernatural worlds, Augmented Reality blurs the line between the everyday and the digital. We’ve listed some apps that can help you scare yourself and others
Bring Scares with You
Those who plan to channel the “Ghost Busters” or “Walking Dead” characters this Halloween should take note of these apps with which you can digitally “interact” with ghosts, zombies and other creatures in your own environment.
Spectrek : Earn points for capturing as many ghosts and ghouls as you can in your neighborhood and beyond with this app. Spectrek even lets you compete against your friends so you can have a fun and frightful experience.
Zombie GO : You don’t have to go to a haunted house to find out how you’d fare in a zombie apocalypse. With this app, you’ll be surrounded by zombies in no time. Walk around your neighborhood fending off zombies and tapping on first aid cases for extra health! Be quick and you might just survive!
Dubface Dance with the Dead : For those who are more interested in “Thriller,” there’s the “Dance with the Dead” portion of the Dubface app. Dubface turns a picture of you into a 3D sticker and places it on an animated dancing character. For Halloween, the app has its “Dance with the Dead” character, so you can create customized dancing zombies and film them dancing through your house or Halloween party.
Haunt Your Own House
Do you throw a haunted house in your home every year? Now you can make it even spookier by using apps that project terrifying creatures and sound effects using Augmented Reality. Just have your guests download these apps and they’ll be shrieking in no time!
Night Terrors : This Augmented Reality app can help you turn your normal, everyday home into the stuff of nightmares. Invite your friends over, have them download the app, and watch them freak out in your Augmented Reality haunted house. This haunting experience is most effective indoors, so shut yourself in, turn off the lights, and get ready to be thoroughly spooked.
Ghost Snap AR Horror Survival : Another app that can scare you is Ghost Snap AR Horror Survival. Invite over friends, download the app, plug in your headphones, and look through your phone’s camera to see what spooky creatures surround you. This app can turn your home into a haunted house in no time. In addition, you can take pictures of the monsters and ghosts you see around you in the game and share them afterward.
Apps to help with Halloween décor
Not interested in haunted houses? Housecraft can help you get into the Halloween spirit with Augmented Reality house decorations that won’t leap out and scare you! This AR app, which can help you decorate the interior of your home by placing fully rendered 3D models of furniture, has a Halloween feature that allows you to decorate for the season.
No matter what kind of ghoulish vibe you’re looking for this Halloween, you can use Augmented Reality to help you bridge the gap between digital and physical – and maybe even scare yourself in the process.
Google’s collection of 3D animals is getting the Toronto treat.
The Android maker added a new item to its collection, the meis red panda from the Pixars Toronto set movie, Turning Red.
Now, with Google Search on both Android and iOS, you can see a 3D model of the giant red panda on your phone and in augmented reality (AR) locations.
This feature is very easy to use. First navigate to Google Search on your phone and look for turning red. The red panda will appear in the search results. Then you can follow the directions to view in 3D, and the panda will begin to dance around the Meis character.
Search Turning Red on the Google app to bring Red Panda Mei from @pixarturningred in your space, no matter what you are. Try it https://t.co.9GTBi5E53z pic.twitter.com/jP6KwMzaJL.
Google (@Google) March 18, 2022.
Turning Red is available on Disney+ and also includes as a bonus as a streaming app.
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Snapchat has launched a new set of 3D body scan Lenses, building upon its body tracking technology, which are able to move and adjust based on how you move on screen.
As you can see here, the new Lenses respond to your movement in the frame, with digital characters or costumes aligning with your actions. Snapchat says that this is a first of its kind AR tool, with the Lenses working in both the front and rear-facing camera alignments.
The new Lenses track 18 joints on the human body, and apply 3D models to follow the movements of the person, or people, within the camera’s view.
It reminds me of the full body tracking that EDM artist Skrillex used in his Mothership tour many years back, which enabled him to project giant 3D characters onto a screen at the back of the stage.
Now, Snapchat users can essentially utilize the same within the privacy of their own phones, and Snap is using the option to provide a range of virtual Halloween costumes to give people a chance to participate in the event, even if they can’t go to an actual public gathering.
The new advance is also being used in ads, with Canadian icon Tim Horton’s launching a sponsored body tracking Lens that enables users to turn themselves into a box of Timbits.
It looks a little shaky, but you get the idea – and the new option could open up a range of fun, new brand tie-ins and opportunities – and even new AR try on tools to get a better idea of what you might look like in a new item of clothing or similar.
Create your fantasy photos and videos using different 3d objects. Enjoy augmented and virtual reality with our cam and scanner app. Discover the magic of the 3d camera.
ARLOOPA is a video maker and scanner app for Augmented Reality (AR) experiences.
The 3D camera app superimposes digital data and images on the physical world. Create your own virtual reality with augmented animals, furniture, art, robots, cars аnd much more. With our AR camera and scanner, the fantasy world is right there in front of you, in your own space. Just point your camera, create fantastic videos and be a part of the AR magic. You can choose from various 3d objects available in different packages of our application and create your fantasy photos and videos. Place 3D digital objects right in the space you want. Each object can be viewed in lifelike 3D renderings. Take advantage of the 3D effects at your fingertips. With the best 3D scanning app for the iPhone, Arloopa gives you the possibility to take photos or videos of different objects and generate a 3D model of any object, room, or even an outdoor space. You can just bring your ideas to life. Bringing your imagination into reality is no longer a problem if you have our 3D camera and 3d scanner. Arloopa users can also design and publish custom AR filters. Capture your children playing with virtual 3d animals, create your dreaming virtual zoo with different wild animals. Animate any model from your surroundings and make 3D memories. The Magic app is ready to help you create your imaginary augmented reality videos and share them on social sites. Become a premium user to get access to many awesome features and options.
Now available in 10 languages – English, Chinese, Armenian, Russian, German, Spanish and Czech, Italian, French, Portuguese! Which means, the app is accessible to people from every corner of the planet, and we want to make sure that users everywhere can explore their imagination when it comes to 3d fantasy.
3 main AR functions
The ARLOOPA app is leading the augmented reality revolution with 3 main AR functions – marker based scanning, markerless tracking, and geo-location based experiences.
1. AR Scanners can augment content on printed markers.
2. 3D Models can be placed anywhere from the Gallery. You can just scan any surface and place a 3D object on it. It is possible to create 3D models for 3D printing and quite easy to choose and scan an object or a person. Cam scanner lets you search things visually, scan easily and quickly.
3. Geo-location based markers can be explored only in places where they are located within a 50m radius. You can find nearby markers in the Map section of the app.
ARLOOPA is the best alternative to Aurasma.The app offers a ready-made 3D models library, which you can use to combine 3D models and create different AR scenarios.
How to use the AR Scanner:
• Choose a marker from the website – http://arloopa.com/#ourmarkers.
• You can print out the marker on a regular printer (even in black and white), or scan directly from the screen.
• Open the app and point your device at the marker.
• After a bit of loading, you will see the magic of augmented reality happen directly on your device! It can be a video, 2D image or 3D animation.
• Some 3D objects can come to life and interact with you – simply tap on them to see the reaction.
We work with individuals, brands, creative advertising agencies, museums and cities to make your everyday life filled with new content and visual experiences, educational and entertaining AR discoveries. Captivate your audience with ARLOOPA Studio! Create your own AR from the app directly: https://studio.arloopa.com/en/pricing
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All materials on which you can see the “Scan with ARLOOPA” label work with the app, too.
Google introduced 3D animals in Search back in 2019 at its I/O event. It has since been adding new characters to its 3D animals library. In line with Halloween, Google has added new animals, and characters that you can view using AR.
The new characters in Google Search 3D are hot dog, black cat, german shepherd, halloween, jack-o-lantern, and human skeleton. Getting these 3D characters through your smartphone is pretty simple. Just search for any of the characters listed above on Google. In the search results, the first box with the description of the animal will have an option to “View in 3D”. Tap on that to see the 3D animal or character.
You can augment the 3D animal to wherever you are, or you can view it as an object too. There’s a lot more to do with the 3D animal. You can move it around wherever you want, and you can even expand it by 1000%. To do this, press on the animal and zoom in to expand it. There’s also an option on top to share the 3D animal.
If you’re bored with these 3D animals and Halloween characters, there’s a lot more you can conjure in your house. Google’s 3D collection features animals such as tigers, alligators, brown bears, dogs, cats, cheetahs, emperor penguins, giant pandas, horses, and lions. You can also view planets using Google’s 3D Search.
Google had also dropped an Easter Egg for Easter Sunday this year. It added an Easter bunny to its collection of 3D animals.
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The New Yorker has made a virtual art show to take place within the smash-hit game – and a real-life one at London’s Serpentine with a touch of augmented reality. Can it get young gamers into galleries?
F or Brian Donnelly – known as Kaws since his graffiti beginnings in 1990s New York – art has always been a communication tool. From street art to vast public commissions, he says, “it’s a chance to create a dialogue”. His desire to bring art to the masses is partly why his work spans collectable toys and streetwear collaborations, as well as paintings and sculptures that sell for millions. His new exhibition will allow him to connect with a large number of eyeballs in, he says, “a new and massive way”. The show, New Fiction, is at London’s Serpentine Gallery, and simultaneously on two free online platforms: the gaming behemoth Fortnite and the augmented-reality (AR) app Acute Art.
With more than 400m player accounts, Fortnite is massive, especially when compared with the estimated footfall of an average Serpentine show (around 35,000). While the uninitiated might dismiss Fortnite as just another shooting extravaganza, players are increasingly spending time in its more peaceful zones, such as creative mode, where they can mooch about the Fortnite metaverse without fear of elimination. “You can hang out with your friends and explore new features,” says Fortnite’s partnerships director, Kevin Durkin. This could mean honing your dance moves but also watching a film or an Ariana Grande concert (as players did in August 2021), or, as of today, visiting an art gallery.
In April 2020, rapper Travis Scott wowed an audience of 12 million with a show on Fortnite. It was like a stadium concert, only with a lower carbon footprint and rendered in Fortnite graphics (the costume changes were stunning). Donnelly, who had produced the artwork for one of Scott’s tracks, says: “That was the first time that I was, like, ‘Wow, this is such a bigger thing than your impression of what a video game is.’”
Halloween special … the Kaws Skeleton Skin outfit for Fortnite players. Photograph: /Epic Games
On a much smaller scale, Donnelly went on to partner with Fortnite for Halloween 2021, enabling players to buy a Kaws “skeleton companion” outfit (or skin). Kaws’ companions are what he’s best known for: a group of characters he created in the 90s that are part cuddly, part cool, with Xs for eyes, each one conveying a very different theme or emotion.
Numerous companions can be encountered at the Serpentine show (with yet more to discover in the Fortnite version), alongside vivid abstract paintings. As you enter the physical gallery, the first plinth appears to be empty. To see what’s hovering magically above it, Acute Art’s smartphone app can reveal an AR rendering of a floating companion figure that first appeared in balloon form, as a commission for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 2012. “It’s a work just like any other in the show,” says Donnelly. “Like a bronze sculpture, you want to view it, walk around it, understand the volume.”
But you don’t have to go to the gallery to see it. I try the app in my living room and marvel as I view it from all angles, along with a David Shrigley worm.
Donnelly first teamed up with Acute Art in 2020 to produce a series of AR public art pieces. It was fortuitous, he says, that it launched just as the world locked down. “Being able to create works,” he says, “and the version that I’m viewing in Brooklyn is the version you could be viewing in India, I just started to get really obsessed with the opportunities within that.”
Screenshots from the Fortnite KAWS/Serpentine experience. Photograph: /Epic Games
For non-digital natives, enjoying online artworks can require a shift in mindset. The cliched cultural question of modern times used to be, “But is it art?” Now, in the age of virtual shows and NFTs it has become, “But is it real?” Donnelly concedes: “There’s no comparison when standing in front of a painting or a piece of sculpture. So I was sceptical, thinking about digital versions. But when I started working with Acute, [I realised that] working with them is the same back and forth as when I work with the bronze foundry, or the factory that I make toys in. And the quality they achieve, it seems very real.”
Donnelly is yet to make an NFT. “I haven’t felt the piece or [had] the thought that made me think, ‘This is the right thing to make one for,’ ” he says. Even so, the unfakeable element of NFTs appeals: “Thinking about my toys, and how many counterfeits are made in the world … Is this a possible way of navigating around that? I don’t know. I’m learning as much as I can.
“Being born in ’74,” he continues, “you’re witnessing all these things that are new to you. And you can’t assume that the way you’re perceiving something is the way your children will perceive it. And if an NFT is real to the next generation, who’s to say it’s not?” Donnelly’s children are five and seven and, he says: “I’m wondering what it’s going to be like in 10 years, when they’re into screens. I started doing work on the street before social media, before the internet.”
And yet Donnelly is living the generation X dream of still being cool to kids today, including my 11-year-old son. “I always think of what reached me in my bedroom in Jersey City, when I was a kid,” he says. “Like, what got me interested in art? It was magazines and skateboard graphics. They got me out of my room and exploring.”
He imagines that for many Fortnite players, his exhibition will be “the first time they walk around a space like that, experiencing painting and sculpture in the video game that they’re completely comfortable in and used to.” Just as buying fabric patches from Keith Haring’s Pop Shop in the 1980s helped the young Donnelly feel comfortable walking into galleries, he says: “I’d love to throw bridges to a new generation.”
New Fiction, Kaws is at the Serpentine Gallery, London, until 27 February, with an AR version on the Acute Art app. The exhibition is on Fortnite from 3pm GMT on 18 January
Halloween, nowadays, is most commonly associated with spooky costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, horror movies, excessive amounts of candy, and scary pranks.
But, what originated this tradition?
With a little help from Wikipedia, one soon learns that the word Halloween is actually a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening – the night that precedes the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day, followed by All Souls’ Day, a time dedicated to remembering the dead.
Back in the mid 700’s, it was believed that the link between the afterlife and the physical world was thinned on All Hallows’ Eve. For that reason, people would disguise their identities with costumes or masks in order to prevent being recognized by vengeful souls. That explains a lot.
Thinning the link between reality and fiction
Modern tech In a modern technological association, some believe that augmented reality is thinning the link between the physical world and the digital world. If that is true, will there be a time in which we will have trouble distinguishing what is real and what is not? Some futuristic fictional storytellers seem to believe that is the not-so-distant case.
Despite the glaring benefits that augmented reality is bringing to various segments across the board, imaginative minds, as with all else, attempt to predict the outcome of a possible dark side of AR. In other words, how a benevolent technology could take, accidentally or not, a rather sinister path.
Unsettling AR films to watch this Halloween
If you are a tech and/or horror genre fan, be inspired by the spookiest season of the year, gather your favorite peeps, plenty of popcorn, and schedule a Halloween AR Movie Marathon. Below you will find a few movie recommendations – read till the end to find out how you can prank your gang with a good AR scare.
This short film revolves around an AR game called Strange Beasts that allows players to create and interact with their own virtual pets. The digital animations are perceived directly in the user’s field of view with the aid of special contact lenses. The short film has an unexpected twist that shows how physical isolation could play a great role in futuristic settings.
Black Mirror: Play test episode
Credits: Black Mirror
Let’s Be Evil
A group of gifted children, kept in a maximum-security underground facility, rely on Augmented Reality to boost their advanced learning program. However, the newly hired student chaperones soon learn, the hard way, that something is terrifyingly wrong about the situation.
Source: Let’s be Evil
No Halloween get-together is complete without a decent prank. So after watching the above-mentioned films with your friends, be prepared to give them an AR experience they won’t forget anytime soon.
Access our Augmented Reality Halloween App Tutorial to learn how to create your very own scary prank application. All it takes is 13 lines of coding! Use our award-winning AR SDK and get started!