Google 3D dinosaurs: How to see a T-Rex and velociraptor in 3D

New Google AR dinosaurs in situ
There’s some new (AR) kids in town (Picture: Google)


Google AR has been a godsend for many in lockdown, offering kids the chance to get up close and personal with the animal kingdom while still maintaining social distancing.

And now they’re about to take things a step further – or back, as the case may be, adding dinosaurs to augmented reality in their latest update.

So if you fancy seeing a T-Rex in your living room, a Stegosaurus on your sofa or a Brachiosaur in your bathroom, how do you go about it?

Here’s what you need to know…

To use the feature, you’ll first need to make sure you have the right software.

You’ll be using your phone or tablet, so for Android users, Google requires an operating system of Android 7.0 or later. For iPhone users, you need to be running iOS 11.0 or later.

To bring the dinosaurs to life, you’ll need to search for one of the 10 named dinosaurs on Google and then tap the ‘view in 3D’ option for it to bring it into your surroundings.

Of course this presents a few more challenges than animals in 3D, given that dinosaurs are much bigger – and users can adjust its size to understand just how big it is in relation to the items around you.

GIF of T-Rex on Google
You can view the dinosaurs true to scale (Picture: Google)


All you have to do is tap ‘view actual size’ and the AR tracking technology automatically repositions the dinosaur in your space to make room for it.

On Android devices you can also turn up the volume to hear the thudding footsteps and roars of each dinosaur.

‘To create the 3D dinosaurs, our concept artists first did preliminary research to discover information about each creature,’ said 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.’

Child playing with toys in the kitchen
Toy dinosaurs are so 2019 (Picture: Getty)


These are the 10 dinosaurs you’ll be able to bring to life:

  • Parasaurolophus
  • Dilophosaurus
  • Spinosaurus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Pteranodon
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Triceratops
  • Brachiosaur,
  • Velociraptor
  • Ankylosaurus

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