Items tagged with Project Tango

Owners of the ASUS ZenFone AR may be tempted to ask their friends and co-workers, "Do you even AR, bro?". Asking that question is a surefire way to solicit puzzled (and perhaps annoyed) looks, but once they see what the ZenFone AR is capable of, those dirty glances and quizzical faces will quickly morph into ones of excited curiosity, and maybe even jealously. That's because this whole augmented reality business is rather new, and the ZenFone AR is one of only two smartphones to support Google's Tango (formerly Project Tango) AR platform (Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro being the other). The ZenFone AR also... Read more...
Lenovo introduced the Google Project Tango Augmented Reality-infused Phab 2 Pro smartphone back in June and the product marked a number firsts for both the manufacturer and the industry as a whole. The Phab 2 Pro is the first consumer retail device to support Google Project Tango AR technology, with a multi-camera and sensor array that gives the smartphone the ability to sense and "see" the environment around it, and then map and render virtual augmentations in the environment for the user. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is also one of the largest Android smartphones on the market currently, with a ginormous... Read more...
Qualcomm is in the process of optimizing its Snapdragon System-on-Chip (SoC) line to support Google's Project Tango augmented reality technology, the company announced this week. Support for Tango has already been extended to its popular Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 652 processors, while future Snapdragon 800 and 600 tier products will also dance with Tango. What this means is one less chip in phones designed for augmented reality chores based on Google's Project Tango technology. Rather than implement certain functions on an extra piece of hardware, the necessary sensors and algorithms are embedded... Read more...
Google has been teasing us with its Project Tango augmented reality (AR) platform for years. We’ve seen breathtaking demos on both smartphone and tablet hardware, but no OEMs have stepped up to the plate to deliver Tango-enabled hardware — until now. Lenovo has come out swinging with its PHAB2 Pro phablet, which packs modern internals and a full-fledged AR experience for users.We should start off by saying that to our knowledge, the PHAB2 Pro will be the first commercially available Lenovo smartphone in the United States. We’ve been drooling over Lenovo’s smartphone products for quite some time,... Read more...
After making waves at IDF 2015 in August, Project Tango is closer to appearing on consumer phones. In fact, Google and Lenovo announced at CES 2016 that they already have a prototype phone that features the augmented reality kit and plan to launch it this year. Google released renderings of a Lenovo phone with Project Tango, but cautioned that the images are not images of the “official” Lenovo phone. Still, they provide an interesting look at how the necessary hardware (a motion-tracking camera and depth-sensing technology) will affect the appearance of a consumer phone. “By adding... Read more...
At Google's I/O conference, held late this week, Qualcomm announced that the next-generation Project Tango platform is going to sport its Snapdragon 810 processor, which packs in the very capable Adreno 430 GPU. As we've covered before, Project Tango is Google's upcoming smartphone and tablet platform that revolves around using the device for 3D purposes. With it, you could capture and turn the environment around you into a 3D model, something that multiple cameras and infrared sensors would help with. With its Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm says that it will allow Project Tango to deliver... Read more...
Of all the experimental, “Skunkworks” projects that Google is currently working on; Project Tango is perhaps one of my favorites. Project Tango offers a new way to interact with our world through the use of 3D motion and real-time depth sensing. Combined with custom software and hardware sensors, Project Tango devices are capable of performing over a quarter million 3D measurements per second to create a 3D model of the world we see. There are endless possibilities with Project Tango, as Google clearly notes. “What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your... Read more...
Google's Project Tango Tablet development kit is a 3D mapping and spatially-aware device that, with a number of cameras and sensors on board, can detect its surroundings and your movements in three dimensions. As such, you can utilize the device to develop applications and uses that integrate the physical world around you in a virtual representation on screen.  From augmented reality, to gaming and terrain mapping, the things you could conceivably do with a device like this are rather fascinating. Maybe you're a gamer and you're either a Call of Duty, Battlefield or Titanfall fanatic but you've... Read more...