On Thursday, Google and Lenovo announced official development of the first consumer ready Project Tango smartphone.
We’ve reported on Project Tango a few times, but if you missed it, the project aims to use some new sensors as well as some magic software to create 3-D maps of the physical world. There are a few existing concept applications for the technology, such as Lowe’s home appliance augmented reality software which allows users to see how a new refrigerator or dishwasher will fit in their home, as well as a virtual Jenga game, allowing the user to play Jenga in the real world without any physical blocks.
Though the technology is still in infancy at the moment, implementation into future consumer devices should boost development tenfold. The tech allows users to take exact measurements of spaces in the real world and integrate virtual objects into reality, similar to Microsoft’s “Hololens” augmented reality goggles.
Intel also recently put up pre-orders for it’s own Project Tango handset, which integrates its “Realsense Technology” allowing its camera software to pick out particular objects in a scene. We have a little more info on this device, which features “a 6-inch screen, Atom X7-Z8700 processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM”. For now pre-orders are only available in the United States, but if you’re interested, you can head over to Intel’s site to lock in your device for $399.
While it’s not exactly clear which device will be “better”, it’s good to at least have 2 manufacturers in the space, which should help push advancement of the technology.
Interested in either of these devices?