Google’s new augmented reality tool transports you to the other side of the Earth

Have you ever wondered where you would end up if you dig a hole right through the ground? If you stood in your backyard and shoveled straight down until you reached the other side, where would you be? Tap or click here to see how Google Maps’ new feature takes navigation (literally) to the next level.

Known as the antipodal point, this is the point on Earth that is exactly opposite your location. Oceans make up over 70% of the Earth’s surface, so chances are you’ll end up in the water.

It’s pretty interesting, and there are a few ways to tell if you’d end up in the ocean or in someone else’s living room. Now you don’t have to wonder anymore. Google’s new AR experiment lets you see what’s on the other side of the world.

That’s how it works

When looking at a Mercator projection map, most Europeans and Americans believe that if you dig a hole straight through the center of the earth you would end up in China. That could only happen if you live in parts of Argentina and Chile.

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Regardless of whether this is the case or not, Google has developed a cool tool for Android devices called Floom to visualize the digging process. It allows anyone to “open augmented reality tunnels to the other side of the world right in your browser”.

The application accesses your device’s camera and once you point it at the ground, the virtual digging begins. After a few seconds, a portal will open showing where your current antipodal point is.

Google has integrated Floom with Google Earth, giving you a description of the point and an aerial photo of the location. Clicking on the location tab will give you a much larger view of the area via Google Earth.

But digging doesn’t have to be straight down. By adjusting the angle of your device, you can change how your tunnel intersects the earth. This will give you a good idea of ​​how small changes in angle can affect locations over long distances.

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Floom is only available in Google’s Chrome browser for Android phones. It’s part of several AR tools that Google recently announced, including the two-meter social distancing visualization.

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