Google’s AR tool helps you measure two meters to maintain proper social distancing

From The Verge: As lockdown measures are eased around the world, it’s more important than ever to observe proper health protocol in public. That means wearing a mask (if you can), washing your hands regularly, and social distancing. This last step can be the trickiest, but Google has released a handy augmented reality tool that makes things a little easier.

If you’ve got an Android device, just open up the Chrome browser and go to to launch the tool, named SODAR. There’s no app required, though it won’t work on iOS or older Android devices. Your phone will use augmented reality to map the space around you, superimposing a two-meter radius circle on the view from your camera.

In our tests of SODAR using a Samsung Galaxy S20, we would describe its accuracy as “close enough” and “yeah, sure.” It wasn’t always two meters exactly (which is slightly longer than the six feet or 1.8288 meters recommend in the US), but I don’t think the virus is going to notice. An exact number is less important than just giving people space.

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