Sir David Attenborough is set to front a new augmented reality app allowing users to see exotic animals and plants in their own surroundings.

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough

As part of a government initiative to prove the benefits of 5G, the Green Planet AR app has received £2.3 million funding as one of nine 5G projects given a total of £28 million.

The platform will be launched alongside David's upcoming five-part BBC documentary series 'The Green Planet', which is set to air in 2022.

The app will let users use their smartphones to see the 94-year-old broadcaster and "meticulously detailed graphics of exotic plants and animals" as if they were right in front of them.

According to Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman, the programme will help prove "how new technology can reconnect us with the natural world whilst demonstrating the power of 5G to a huge new audience".

As reported by BBC, developer Factory 42 has confirmed the app will be available in "set locations" across the UK.

While it's not known how many of these there will be, it's thought they might include urban settings, parks, and visitor attractions.

Meanwhile, other projects sharing in the funding include one to let people experience The Eden Project in Cornwall from their own homes, another t control the 113 cranes at Suffolk's Port of Felixstowe, and a third to provide multi-angle live HD video streams and replays at sporting events.


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