While Expeditions VR has focused more on transporting users to remote locations, this AR counterpart focuses on delivering art, animals and other culturally significant objects you can find there.
“We’ve seen first hand how powerful a VR tool is for Google Places, but we think Augmented Reality (AR) is the best way to learn more about the things you’ll find there,” says Google in his blog post. “Imagine walking into your classroom around a life-size African elephant or imagining ancient Greek statues on your desk.
“AR takes abstraction and makes it concrete for students. For example, a beating heart could be visualized on a desk,” Darin Nakakihara from the Irvine school district said.
Google has also made some changes to the Expedition app to help you find new tours to explore, track your own creations, and easily start your own solo adventure. Schools can now purchase the very first Expeditions AR/VR kits through Best Buy Education.
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