Google’s ‘Sodar’ is an AR Tool for Social Distancing

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While everyone is said to practice social distancing as an effective way to combat the novel coronavirus, Google is making it easier for people to enforce it with its new AR tool.

“Sodar” is an experiment created by Google which is designed to use AR to put a virtual 2 meter (just over 6 feet) social distancing boundary around you. That’s the actual distance that is recommended by health authorities to keep between two people to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Since this is an AR-powered tool, don’t expect the border around you to be perfectly precise, but it should be somewhat close. Well, this tool only works on Google Chrome and only on Android devices.

When you first open it, you’ll be greeted with some permissions including camera access for Google Chrome if you’ve never granted that before. Now, look at the ground to calibrate the sensor and your boundary will appear to you.

Sodar isn’t a standalone app and doesn’t need to be installed to work — to use it, you simply have to visit its website. That said, it will only work using the latest version of Chrome on Android devices, and some Android devices may not be compatible.

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