Imagine being able to play a game of dinosaurs on your smartphone – but with the creatures superimposed on the setting of your present environment. Yes; with Tango, you can hunt down dinosaurs through the rooms and corridors of your home.
Perhaps you are shopping for a new flat screen TV. Picture being able to see exactly how this item will fit into your living room. You can move the TV around as you wish on your smartphone display. Imagine being able to measure objects with just your smartphone.
This new technology uses the camera of your phone, detects your current environment and senses your motion. It combines all of these to create a realistic, virtual visual experience.
It puts indoor navigation, real-time 3D mapping and augmented reality gaming in your hands. No headset required. Just hold up your phone and watch as virtual objects and information appear on top of your surroundings. In effect, Tango is an augmented reality technology.
Project Tango Apps
Specially developed apps are required to enjoy this new experience. Some existing apps include:
- Lowe’s Home Improvement: You can see how an item you want to purchase fits in your home or office. You can view it all on your smartphone and place and arrange the item anywhere in your home or office.
- Phantogeist App: In this augmented reality game, phantom-like creatures invade your world to get you.
There are others available in Google Play. Others are also being developed.
The First Project Tango Smartphone Is Here
The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone. It is out in the market now. With a 6.4-inch display, the Phab 2 is just right for the great augmented visual experiences. See the Lenovo Phab 2 specifications, features and price.
Other Tango-enabled devices will show up soon enough. In summary, Tango lets you impose digital information on your physical world. Welcome to a new way of using your smartphone.