Smartphone users have a new way to maintain their distance – a device that lets them know that when people are recommending epidemiological guidelines, they are close.
The Google-developed Sother tool available this week taps into Android smartphone cameras to place users in the center of a white circle with a radius of about two meters or 6.5 feet.
Circles are designed to move around with users, keeping circles in the center. Users receive a visual alert when they are in a potentially dangerous area.
According to Sother California-based Internet firm, Android works on smartphones via a Google-made Chrome browser, which supports augmented reality.
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A message on the website states, “This experiment uses WebXR (Application Program Interface) to visualize 2-meter social-distancing guidelines in your environment.”
The tool came out of an “Experiment with Google” project on the technology hack to help combat the Coronara virus epidemic.