Google Tango teased with three new videos
Google is teasing us with three new videos showcasing the capabilities of its Tango platform, formerly known as Project Tango. The project has been in the making for more than two years, but it was only last week that we saw the announcement of the first Tango-powered smartphone – the Lenovo Phab2 Pro.
Although simple AR games have been available in the past – on Symbian smartphones and the Nintendo 3DS, despite their weak hardware – it is only now that technology is allowing for AR to enter the mainstream. There were a lot of questions surrounding Tango, but as things began to clear up, Google decided to tease us with a handful of new videos.
Devices based on the platform are unique for the plethora of sensors that they use to scan the space around the user, in order to mix computer-generated imagery and reality on the screen. Multiple cameras are used to accurately measure depth and track motion in 3D. This means that they don't have to rely on “AR cards” or QR codes to know where to display computer-generated imagery and to track its movements and position in relation to the user's point of view.