Google has launched a new service called “Qiblah direction” to help Muslims around the world find the direction of the Qibla, the sacred place in Mecca where Muslims face when they pray. The service uses enhanced reality technology to draw a blue line towards the Kaaba within the camera range of the smartphone.
To use the service, users must allow the identification and use of location on the smartphone. The service is currently available via the browser on Android phones and iOS, and is not limited to only the holy month of Ramadan.
The service depends on the smartphone compass. And users are guided through their mobile camera to the right direction of the Qibla.
Here are some additional details about the service:
- The service is free to use.
- The service is available in multiple languages, including English, Arabic, Urdu, and Malay.
- The service is accurate to within a few degrees.
- The service can be used indoors or outdoors.
- The service can be used in any location in the world.
The Qibla Direction service is a valuable tool for Muslims who are traveling or who live in areas where it is difficult to find the direction of the Qibla. It is also a helpful tool for new Muslims who are learning about the basics of Islam.
Here are some additional details about the enhanced reality technology used by the Qibla Direction service:
- The service uses the smartphone’s camera to track the user’s position and orientation.
- The service then uses this information to draw a blue line towards the Kaaba.
- The blue line is overlaid on the camera view, so that the user can see it in real time.
- The service also uses the smartphone’s gyroscope to keep the blue line aligned with the Kaaba, even as the user moves around.
The Qibla Direction service is a valuable example of how technology can be used to help people practice their faith. It is a simple, easy-to-use service that can be used by Muslims of all ages and backgrounds.