Earlier you hopefully found our post about the Moto Z family and the snap-on Moto Mods. You probably thought, “Oh, what a fantastic website that is, I must follow them on Twitter and then hunt down that “Gears” fella and buy him lots of beer, he’s doing a sterling job there. I can also see how he’s tried to create a witty title to this story, even though in reality there were three phones announced (the Phab2Pro, the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force), but I’ll ignore that fact and assume he meant the Moto Z and the Phab2Pro alone, because that would fit better”.
Yes. You’d be right. Lenovo announced a phablet yesterday – the Phab2Pro. It’s a handset with sensors and cameras to help it “see” and makes sense of the surroundings. With this data, it can magically add layered graphics to your view of the world. It, as you may have guessed already, is part of the Google Tango project which will see augmented reality develop further.
The handset has a massive 6.4″ QHD IPS screen with a PPI of 454. The rear camera is 16 megapixels and there’s an 8 megapixel one up front. It has Dolby Audio capture and runs a Snapragon 652 CPU with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Here it is in action..
Basically, if you get one of these it’ll use motion and depth sensing to do clever things like superimposing items into a “real world” view of your room. Now, this is something we saw way back in 2011 and indeed you can do something similar on your phone now, but there’s no depth sensor or movement tracking, so the computer character or piece of furniture you have on your phone will ignore the “real world” items around it. As if they weren’t there effectively.
If you want to see the difference, have a look at our tour of the Metaio booth at Mobile World Congress in 2015. You’ll see how, with additional sensors, the computer-generated IKEA furniture shown suddenly becomes aware of walls and other pieces of furniture in your home.
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Lenovo told us to head to their Tech World event and watch the keynote. It’s happening live, right now in Silicon Valley and, during the second hour (scheduled to be 7PM BST here in the UK), they’ll be making a big announcement involving Moto.
What is that announcement? Well, we know that Lenovo have something up their sleeve which involves Project Tango. That, as you may or may not know, is a way to give your mobile the ability to know where it is and how it moves through space. Clever stuff and, if our guesses are right, you’re about to see the world’s first Project Tango-enabled smartphone.
Will this make AR and VR as pervasive as GPS? Or will we be seeing a concept product that won’t actually ever hit the shops? Come and watch with us friends.
Facebook isn’t the only company that’s bringing more and more complex features to its messaging app that go beyond the app’s main purpose. Just like Facebook, other apps are considering similar features, with particular emphasis on e-commerce capabilities.
Tango, a messaging app that has more than 300 million users, on Tuesday released an update to its mobile applications that brings shopping features to users, integrating products from two major partners: Walmart and Alibaba.
Countries are occasionally tempted to block mobile messaging apps when protests or riots flare up, and Bangladesh just gave in to that urge. The nation has blocked two popular services, Tango and Viber, on the grounds that anti-government protesters (some of whom have turned violent) are using these chat clients to coordinate their activities. Officials say the bans will last "for the time being," which suggests that locals shouldn't get their hopes up for a reprieve -- it might not let up unless the demonstrations come to an end.
Source: AFP (Phys.org)
Speck Design's clientele has ranged from Apple to Samsonite to Fisher-Price in its history, and now it can add Google to the list of high-profile companies. But Google -- or its Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) division, to be more specific -- is no ordinary client. The group is modeled after DARPA, which divides its agency into teams, with each one given a limited time to solve a pressing issue. Nearly a year and half ago, ATAP reached out to Speck, led by industrial designers Jason Stone and Vincent Pascual, with one such task: Build a tablet like no other.
The project is known as Tango. Its goal is to create technology that lets you use mobile devices to piece together three-dimensional maps, thanks to a clever array of cameras, depth sensors and fancy algorithms. As if that isn't enough of a challenge, Tango's team only has two full years to make this tech a reality. Those two years will be up in less than five months.
Google's Advanced Technology and Projects division has been hard at work on its 3D-mapping project, known as Tango, since early 2013. In this time, we've seen the team rapidly progress its efforts by introducing a smartphone and tablet specifically for developers to construct their own apps that take advantage of the cameras and sensors inside. That said, we weren't expecting to hear about a consumer-facing Tango product for quite a while, so it came as a surprise when Google announced that it's working with LG on a device that will be available to the public sometime next year. There were no details about whether this product will be a smartphone, tablet or neither, but the partnership is likely still in the early stages.
Comprehending the world around us is something we humans take for granted, but it's not so easy for our technology. Sure, autonomous robots and military-grade research labs have hardware that can approximate the same visual acuity of human eyes, but Google's Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) division started Project Tango to bring that sort of tech to the masses. Its mission is to make mobile devices capable of using depth sensors and high-spec cameras to craft three-dimensional maps more cheaply and easily than other current efforts. ATAP announced its first piece of hardware in February, a prototype smartphone equipped with Kinect-like 3D sensors and other components, but the team is now expanding the project to a new form factor: a seven-inch tablet that's packed with a lot more power.
Want to get a better understanding of Google's 3D-sensing Project Tango smartphone beyond the usual promo videos? iFixit is more than happy to show you now that it has torn down the device for itself. The close-up identifies many of the depth mapping components in the experimental handset, including the infrared and fisheye cameras (both made by OmniVision), motion tracking (from InvenSense) and dual vision processors (from Movidius).
Google’s interest in consumer-led 3D technology has always been eminent, and initiatives like homebrew Street View have, up until now, been the limits of their goal.
Today, however, Google has announced a new idea that puts their dream one step closer: Project Tango. The goal of Project Tango is to extend the reach of mobile smart devices beyond the touch screen – to use their words, to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion”.
The plan is simple: give 200 developers a prototype device packed full of 3D sensing tech, and let them loose building awesome things. These devices, naturally, run Android, and at the moment APIs have been exposed for Java, C/C++, as well as Unity (so UnityScript/JS will also run on the device). Unity is an interesting inclusion – it shows Google are aware of the effect 3D sensing could have on gaming.
Google has allocated devices so far for indoor navigation & mapping, new ways of processing the raw data returned from device sensors, and games that make use of physical space. They’re also open to any ideas that don’t fall into these categories. All the devices should, in theory, be distributed by the 15th of March.
If you’re a developer, head over to the Project Tango website to submit an idea. If not, then sit tight and wait for the first few projects for this new piece of hardware to be shown off.
You’ve Been Tangoed, now in 3D – Google unveils Project Tango prototype is original content from Coolsmartphone.com