The company’s researchers explained that the only way to protect yourself from coronavirus is to stay away from other people, wear masks and wash your hands often. The safe distance is difficult to determine by eye, so Google came up with a simple application that shows the virtual border from the user. While the service is experimental, it works only on Android, and to use it you need to keep the phone screen on.
Sodar’s Augmented Reality app runs right in the Chrome browser. To start it, you need to follow the link, after which the browser will download the desired site. So the user will be able to see everything that is happening around using the camera. A border is automatically superimposed on the image, which marks a two-meter mark from the user of the mobile phone.
The line moves along with the smartphone, so you can follow the distance in dynamics. You can’t change this radius yet. The tool is inconvenient to use while walking, but it is useful for those who want to keep a distance in the office or restaurant.
The company also noted that the radius in some cases can be several centimeters less or more than two meters. They explained this by the fact that the technology of augmented reality is not accurate enough to take measurements without error. However, Google added that this distance is uncritical and advised “rounding” it up.