The health protocols recommend maintaining a safe distance of two meters (roughly six feet) from people you’re not meeting to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
To make your job easier, Google has come up with a solution through its Sodar web app. The application superimposes a two-meter visual radius ring on your Android phone’s camera view to guide you to keep the correct distance to stay safe.
The software is not available as an app on the Play Store but instead is to be accessed through the Chrome browser by navigating to the URL: goo.gle/sodar.
Most modern Android phones are compatible with the app, which presents a green button to launch and create the radius. You’ll probably have to grant permission for it to use the phone’s camera if you haven’t already for the browser.
You can point your camera and move it around for the app to register your surroundings and evaluate the distance. Within a few seconds, you should be able to see a pattern of dots superimposed on the camera view, signifying a span of two meters from your position.
The Sodar web app can be your trusted companion to showcase an augmented reality two-meter radius ring in your environment for maintaining safe social distancing. It is an experimental project by Google that uses WebXR, which brings together AR and VR on the web to make them more convenient and widely accessible.
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