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.

The videos showcase how tango could be used for education, in a museum for example, to play games and for home remodeling.

What do you think about Google's Tango? Is it just a gimmick, or will it find its place in the not-so-distant future of AR and VR technologies?

via: Android Authority



1. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The typical example of a niche

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I see alot of possibilities in Project Tango.....

3. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If this is what google imagines, Hololens from Microsoft seems far better at this. The only complain people had with Hololens was 'field of view'. Tango seems to have no immersiveness for Augmented Reality.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Can we stop comparing these Tango phones cost around $500 The Hololens dev kit costs $3000, the consumer model will likely cost ~$1000, I wouldnt be surprised at even $1500 Even Google Glass and Hololens are aimed at different markets Tango phones and Hololen's target markets are even further part

7. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

While this is true. MS doesn't really want to sell huge amounts to consumers. They are a software company. The hololens was developed in order to showcase windows 10 and create the augmented/vr apis that other OEMs can use in their hardware to create different solutions. So really it's the stuff that comes from other OEMs that could be a lower price point because none of the software engineering costs will be associated with it, it will be purely hardware innovation. And it will be able to create a standard for ar/vr which will span across platforms instead of being proprietary to one specific vendor. So Hololens isn't really the consumer product more of an enthusiast product. And field of view is apparently improved from some of the testers who have gotten new units.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

+1 This is why I'm saying we shouldnt compare Hololens and Tango/Glass They are all targeted at different markets, like you and I have said

5. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Strap this on to a Gear VR-like headset and issue with field of view. I've used the Hololens and while it is probably the sweetest tech I've ever used, the field of view was definitely disappointing.

9. Elfmonster unregistered

I'm in when and where can I get this phone? Unless there's some other big one coming, my 2016 is this or Asus zenfone ultra, whichever hits the market first.

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