18 December 2020 18:45
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How to view Baby Yoda in AR To get Baby Yoda simply search for either "Baby Yoda," or his other names "Grogu," or "The Child", on your phone. If you are searching through Google a Knowledge Panel with a Wikipedia summary will appear telling you all about the character. And at the bottom of the panel there will be an option to "View in 3D." Just tap that and click "View In Your Space" to conjure up the Child complete with blinking eyes and wiggling ears. Welcome Baby Yoda into Your Personal Space with Google Search AR pic.twitter.com/rajjU2TKFg — Rania Reda (@Rania__Reda) December 17, 2020 What can you do with Baby Yoda? After summoning Baby Yoda through the magic of AR, you'll be able to hear his signature gurgling noises. You can also place him anywhere in your space and move him around using your phone. The AR mode also allows you to take pictures and shoot videos of Grogu in various surroundings. The project follows an announcement in November that Google had partnered with Lucasfilm on a free Android app to bring iconic and realistic moments to life using AR and 5G. Google, Disney, and Lucasfilm called it a "next-generation augmented reality app optimized for 5G devices." Google has been rapidly developing its AR capabilities since it debuted last year and there's far more to it than just TV characters. It can be used as an extremely helpful learning tool since 3D animals can be viewed with the tool. An ever expanding list of creatures is being created by the tech giant so simply searching your favourite animal will usually allow you to view it in AR. Google can also show some other objects and it has partnered with certain websites and brands to show products, furniture, and even the human body in 3D. On Thursday this week it was announced that the company is working in partnership with top brands like L'Oréal, Estée Lauder, MAC Cosmetics, Black Opal and Charlotte Tilbury to allow consumers to try on makeup. When consumers search for a particular lipstick or eyeshadow product on Google — like "L'Oréal's Infallible Paints Metallic Eyeshadow," for example — they'll come across the virtual try-on shopping experience at the top of their search results. As expected, The Mandalorian's finale culminated in a dramatic showdown between Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) — aka, Mando — and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) over the fate of Grogu (née Baby Yoda). But "The Rescue" didn't just run into the expected complications for an assault on a massive Imperial cruiser: it also ran into the mainstream Star Wars universe in the biggest way yet. Warning: Spoilers for the entirety of The Mandalorian season 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow. Par for the course for Mando, though, things didn't go quite as planned. While the armored hero did succeed in saving his adopted son, it came at a bittersweet cost: Grogu's earlier callout for any other Jedi was answered by none other than Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill, reprising the iconic role through a not entirely convincing CGI de-aging effect). The result? The Child is saved, but Luke is taking him away to continue his training in the ways of the Force. After avoiding the larger Star Wars universe for two seasons, The Mandalorian has found itself right in the path of the Skywalker Saga. It's a move that has big ramifications, for both Mando and the show that bears his name. After all, Grogu has been practically synonymous with The Mandalorian for the last two years. He's been the guiding star that Mando has followed, the catalyst for his transformation from a cold bounty hunter who just follows the money to his next job into a loving, caring father figure. Even at the end, Mando finds it hard to let go. "He doesn't want to go with you!" he tells Luke, before almost tearfully taking off his helmet to say goodbye. Where things go next is unclear. The Luke who we meet here is a very different person from the young Jedi who fought with Vader and the Emperor on the Death Star a few years earlier or the grizzled, jaded hermit living in self-imposed exile after his failure to train Ben Solo / Kylo Ren. (Interestingly enough, Ben is about four years old at the time of The Mandalorian — meaning Grogu might be getting a new toddler friend who is also strong with the Force.) This is Luke at his prime, back when he still believed in the idea of training a new generation of Jedi. The sequence that sees Luke calmly dismantle a platoon of Dark Troopers (itself almost an inverse of the chilling Vader hallway scene from Rogue One) is a demonstration of the height of Luke's power here. Of course — and, rather concerning where Grogu is concerned — we know that Luke's efforts are doomed to failure. In just a few short years (a blink of an eye for Grogu, given the comparatively slow aging of his and Yoda's race), Ben Solo will turn on his master, slaughter the Jedi trainees at Luke's temple, and be reborn as Kylo Ren at the forefront of the First Order. Hopefully, Grogu won't be among them when he does. But that's all relatively far in the future. For now, The Mandalorian's second season leaves bigger questions unanswered. Where does Mando go next without his son? Does Din backslide into bounty hunting, scraping out a living now that he no longer has someone to take care of or a grand quest to pursue? Will he be dragged into the contentious world of Mandalorian politics as the current wielder of the Darksaber? And is the show really going to put Grogu — its most popular, most iconic character — on the sidelines? "I'll see you again. I promise," Mando tells Grogu before giving him over to Luke. And with more seasons and spinoffs looking to build out The Mandalorian's corner of the galaxy in the coming years, it seems likely that this won't be the last we see of the adorable green child. After all, if there's one thing that we've learned about Mando in the last two seasons, he always keeps his word.