Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is showing signs of slowing, however Google will continue to host its annual I / O developer conference as a virtual affair, with keynotes and sessions as live streams and on-demand videos starting Tuesday May 18, are available and ends on Thursday May 20th.

As a consolation prize, Google is offering a web-based AR tidbit for participants and observers to get a foretaste of the conference in their own home office.

The Google I / O Photo Booth is a web app available for desktop and mobile browsers that adds animated branded mascots and Easter eggs from across the Google ecosystem, including Bugdroid from Android, Offline Dino from Chrome, Flutter’s Dash, and Firebases Sparky Camera view.

Pictures by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

After you’ve added your virtual friends, you can take a photo and add other props to the photo, including Google products, fashion accessories, snacks, app icons, and more, before you’re ready to download and share. The web app also allows you to change, rotate and adjust the size of the virtual objects within the scene.

It’s not the most technically impressive example of Google’s web-based AR. In fact, just last month Google released a collection of WebXR experiments centered around the Google I / O Photo Booth. Rather, this new example shows the power of Flutter and Firebase in developing web apps, especially apps where the camera is at the center of the mobile AR world.

In the run-up to the Socially Distached I / O Conference, Google is offering a virtual Photo Booth web appIn the run-up to the Socially Distached I / O Conference, Google is offering a virtual Photo Booth web appPictures by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

Google’s web-based augmented reality capabilities, including the addition of Scene Viewer to ARCore, the growing library of 3D content available through Google Search, and support for the WebXR standard in Google Chrome are all recent Years.

With Google I / O becoming the showcase for the company’s latest advances in AR, this new virtual photo booth is a fitting starter for the upcoming entrees and desserts.

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