Google creates 'social distancing' AR app that puts virtual 2-metre ring around you using camera

GOOGLE has created a genius "social distancing" app to help people stay two metres apart.

The app uses augmented reality to overlay a virtual ring around you – which you can see through a smartphone camera.

It's called Sodar, and is designed to help people better observe social distancing guidelines.

The app clearly reveals if someone is standing too close to you – because they'll be within your two-metre ring.

Social distancing is important, because helps to slow the spread of coronavirus through a population.

"Sodar [uses] WebXR to help visual social distancing guidelines in your environment," Google explained.

"Using Solar on supported mobile devices, create an augmented reality two-metre radius ring around you."

You can access the app here.

The bad news is that you can only access it through Google Chrome on an Android device.


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This clever app is part of a project called Experiments With Google.

Experiments With Google is a collection of fun ideas, apps, games and other concepts created using Google tech.

They often come in the form of small "life hacks" to help you get things done – or better manage your life.

"Since 2009, coders have created thousands of amazing experiments using Chrome, Android, AI, Web VR, AR and more," Google explained.

"We're showcasing projects, along with helpful tools and resources, to inspire others to create new experiments."

You can find the full collection of Google Experiments here.

New Experiments are added each week.

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