16 December 2017
If you are a fan of Google, there is a pretty good chance you know what is Project Tango. The tech giant has been working on the Project tango augmented-reality (AR) technology for mobile devices for three years now. And all those years of patience is finally paying off, with Lenovo launching its first Tango-compatible smartphone soon.
If demos over the years have looked interesting, the latest one at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California makes the system look even more promising.
There are several apps in the phone that utilizes Tango. One is a measurement app that can recognize edges and even measure the sizes of windows, tables, and other objects. The app can get corresponding images and even give schematics. This means you will not have to take a tape and pencil to mark out the measurements when going out to buy the right size tablecloth or curtain set. Another app lets you put a dinosaur in the middle of a room and look at how it will be in real life environment.
One app lets you select a piece of furniture and have a model of it placed in your room so that you can see if it will really look good in your room before deciding to buy it. Still another app lets you sprout little flowers in the middle of the floor.
The augmented reality in a mobile is going to make it more accessible to people, similar to how Google Cardboard made virtual reality accessible and its new ‘high-quality’ virtual reality platform Daydream is pushing boundaries that were initially thought inaccessible for the mass.
Going by developer kit prices, a comparison between the prices of Tango and Microsoft’s HoloLens brings up an astonishing difference- $512 versus $3,000
Similar to Daydream, Tango is also only out on Android now. iOS users may have to wait for a while before they get access to it.