If you really believed Looney Tunes, you probably think it is China on the opposite side of the earth from where you are living. But now with Google’s new web-based AR tool – Floom – you can find out exactly what is on the other side of the world. The answer for many Americans might not really be China. Don’t take my word, try it out yourself.
Floom opens a portal to the other side of the world right at your feet and shows you where you’ll reach if you dug a tunnel all the way to the other side of the world. Let’s see how you can see what’s on the other side of the earth.
Find What Is on the Other Side of the World
Floom from Google only works on the Google Chrome browser running on Android devices. The web app will use your Android camera for showing you the other side of the world.
- Launch the Google Chrome browser on your Android device.
- Tap on the URL bar and go to floom.withgoogle.com.
- Press the button at the bottom that says Let’s Go.
- On the next page, tap on the Continue button.
- A notification popup should now appear asking you to grant location access to Floom.
- Tap Allow on the pop-up.
- Tap on the Explore! button next and another permission request will pup up.
- Tap Allow again to let Floom create a 3D map of your surroundings and track your camera’s position.
- Position your camera to the floor and move it around for the spiral tunnel animation to appear.
- Move your camera around to position the tunnel. You can see hints at the top that tell you whether you’ll find land or a water body on the other side.
- Tap on the spiraling animation to open the portal.
Floom not only uses the camera viewfinder to display what is on the other side of the world, but it also uses the camera position data. This allows you to try different angles and find new places without even having to move. Floom also uses your device’s location and information about your environment. This information does not leave your device, however, because Floom does all the mathematical magic right on your device.
With Floom on your Android phone, you can have real fun and can learn accurately which place comes in the exact opposite on earth from where you are standing. Share this cool feature among your peers.