What can you do with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Tango AR at launch?



Alongside the launch of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro yesterday, Google officially launched its Tango AR platform with 35 apps and games, which should grow in number in the coming weeks. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, capable of mapping your surroundings in 3D through Google’s new augmented reality platform via a plethora of sensors, cameras, and other impressive tech. But what can you do with Lenovo’s 6.4-inch phablet if you got it right now? Stay tuned to find out.

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is currently the only Tango-enabled device on the market, meaning that if you want to experience Google’s futuristic vision of mixed reality home redecorating and playing with dinosaurs, you have to own Lenovo’s new phablet. Still, even if you don’t, it should be interesting to take a more detailed look at what the ambitious new platform has to offer at launch. With that said, here are some of the more interesting Tango AR experiences available right now:

Solar Simulator



Want to turn your living room into a scaled-down version of our Solar System? Well, then Solar Simulator should be just right up your alley! Once booted, the app asks you to “place” the Sun at one end of the room — yes, this is done by actually walking to where you want to the Sun to be and tapping the screen — and then “place” Neptune in the farthest end of the room, as it is the planet farthest from the Sun. The application then automatically scales the Solar System to fit inside the room by using magic Phab 2 Pro’s depth perception and motion-tracking sensors to convincingly superimpose the virtual space over the real one. Then you can freely walk around a scaled-down version of our Solar System, and yes, you can choose not to have a “space” background, leaving the planets hanging against the backdrop of your room. How cool is that?


Domino World



Ever wanted to assemble a huge and elaborate domino line and then give the first block a tiny push to set off a chain reaction sending hundreds of tiles toppling over in intricate patterns? Well, that would take you hours and deliver only a fleeting moment of joy. That’s where Domino World comes into play, allowing you to create crazy virtual domino “courses” in the world around you. You’re also not limited to domino tiles either, but have various toys and other objects in your disposal to use in your Rube Goldberg-inspired creations.


Dinosaurs Among Us



Dinosaurs Among Us, a.k.a Taking Funny Pictures of Papercraft Reptiles, is a curious little app that lets you turn your home into a real dinosaur extravaganza. It’s also educational, yeah, don’t forget that! It currently has only a handful of dinos available, but their number will grow with future updates, and there’s a ton of interesting info for each one.


Measure



Measure allows you to quickly and accurately measure distances by simply pointing your phone at the surface you’d like to measure and using the on-screen cursor to place marker points. You will see your measurements in AR, tracing the real-world distances with dotted lines. You can even take a picture of the measured surface and convert between imperial and metric units on the fly.


WayfairView



This Tango-exclusive app lets you place different articles of furniture in your home, in AR, without doing any heavy lifting. All products are from WayfairView’s catalog, and are on a 1:1 scale to help you better visualize any possible changes to the interior of your home. There are also many options for comparing different products and sharing your arrangements with others.



Fury of The Gods Tango



Fury of the Gods is a tower defense game that lets you turn your living room into an ancient Greek arena of destruction. You can play as one of three Gods — Zeus, Poseidon or Hades — and your job is to send your enemies and disloyal subjects into oblivion by using your awesome godly powers and the help of mythological beasts. The game features three distinctive campaigns, one for each of the Gods, and lets you disable and enable AR camera mode, meaning you can either wreak havoc around your house, or in virtual Ancient Greece.

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6 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

SO? I can play pokemon go on my s7 edge just fine. That's all the ar I want!

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The S7 edge doesn't have the same kind of sensors and cameras that create a true AR experience like this. Pokemon GO is half-baked AR. In other words, you can't walk around the Pokemon in real-time or it exist in your space in real-time. It's just an overlay over your camera image, not something that is taking up a virtual space.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Tango phones or in this case phablets need all those sensors to map out the world in front of them. Plus you need a half decent system with enough ram, and processing power in order to map out and draw in real time everything around you. So if you move your screen away, and physically move the phone away, then the hardware and software has to know that when a user looks back or moves around. Then it can automatically compensate for every deviation, and still display everything properly. No other devices right now can do what the first development Tango tablet or this phablet can do. It would be really nice if every phone had the necessary hardware and software. But I don't see that happening anytime soon.

3. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Google sees potential for the Tango design as a platform for all phones in future,

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

sadly we cant use it with VR headset :( using it with VR headset will be mush better than pointing your phone everywhere,,, (but what about the game control if it use VR headset? lol...)

6. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I have been looking for something similar to my my Sony Xperia Z Ultra. I settled on a Sony Z5 Premium in the mean time. I ordered my Phab 2 Pro yesterday. I think the specs are quite good and Tango might be fun. I am supposed to receive it by 11/10/16.

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