Saturday , July 24 2021

Google adds Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, Gundam mechs, and more to AR search

Google has added a bunch of popular Japanese characters to its AR feature in mobile search, which has previously included animals, historical artifacts and dinosaurs. The list of characters has been taken over from Japanese pop culture including anime, TV, and video games, with names like Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, mechs from Evangelion and Gundam, and more. The feature works on Google search on Android and the iOS Google app.

When you enter the names of the characters, you will see an option to “see in your space” below the main search result, and that will drop a 3D model in your camera view. The models can appear on different scales, with an option to display on life size, although I’m not sure how accurate these measurements are. I was under the impression that Hello Kitty, for example, was five apples tall, but she was towering over my desk when I tried it out.

The full list of characters is here:

  • Ultraman
  • Ultraman Zero
  • Ultraman Belial
  • Gomorrah
  • Evangelion (test type EVA-01)
  • Gundam (Odysseus Gundam, Xi Gundam, Penelope)
  • Cogimyun
  • The drums of Taiko and Tatsujin
  • Pac-Man
  • Pompompurin
  • Little Twin Stars

Google says Pac-Man is by far the most searched character on the list, with more than twice as many searches as for Hello Kitty at # 2. Apparently, the top country for Pac-Man searches is Peru.

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