Google's WebXR Experiment is great for social distancing

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Google has revealed several Chrome-based AR and VR experiments available for users to test out right now.

The WebXR Experiments currently feature four different Experiments created by Google Creative Lab. These are Floom, Sodar, Measure Up, and Picturescape.

Here's everything you need to know about the collection, and how to get involved.

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WebXR Experiments

After testing the three available WebXR Experiments (Picturescape is currently unavailable), our favourite is Sodar.

Sodar - an amalgamation of social distancing and radar - is an AR experiment that allows you to visualise what a 2m distance looks like in your environment. The browser-based application places a 2m ring around your device, allowing you to follow the current social COVID-19 guidelines more effectively.

The Measure Up experiment does exactly what you'd expect: it allows you to measure objects using your phone. After selecting the object in question, Measure Up will calculate the length, area, and volume of the object. It seems to work pretty well so long as you're accurate. During our test on an Xbox Series S, the experiment successfully measured the console's dimensions within 1cm each time.

The final experiment currently available is Floom. More fun than functional, Floom opens a 'tunnel' from your floor to the other side of the world.

How to use Google WebXR

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To test the WebXR Experiments, you'll need a compatible Android device and the latest version of Google Chrome.

You can see the full list of supported devices from here.

If your device is compatible, you'll need to visit the WebXR site, which you can do from this link, where you should be able to try out three of the current experiments.

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