Google has launched an experimental social distancing app that uses augmented reality to help keep the recommended two meters away from other people when you are away.
Sodar (presumably abbreviated to ‘social distancing radar’) is a web app that displays images from the phone’s camera and overlaps a two-meter wide circle around the device so you can easily see if it’s too close to other people nearby or if you can afford to get a little closer.
There are some drawbacks, however. The tool is only available for Android devices, so iPhone owners are out of luck and only work on Google Chrome.
How to use it Sodar?
To use Sodar, you first need to install Google Play Services for AR (formerly known as ARCore). This will allow you to use all kinds of augmented reality tools on your phone, and automatic updates mean you won’t need to download extra software as the technology matures.
Once this is done, visit the Sodar website and confirm that you want the app to create a 3D map of your environment and track the camera’s movement. Images from your camera will not be transmitted anywhere; they are used only on the device itself.
You will be asked to point the phone camera to the ground and move it, after which the two-meter circle will appear superimposed on the screen, with a standardized overlay indicating your personal space.
Sodar is quite simple and, unlike a virtual reality headset, does not take into account furniture and other objects when mapping your space. However, it is a useful tool to have available, especially when you are making essential purchases or chatting with a friend and want to ensure that you are keeping your distance as see link: https://sodar.withgoogle.com/ Read More,