If successful, Google’s Project Tango has the power to change just of
all things. By putting a 3D camera into table-bodiedts and smartphones, ordinary consumers may, potentially, capture their daily world in 3D, sharing 3D selfies on dating sites and posting scans of their newborns on Facebook, all using a device that
they would be carrying around anyway. And, after showing off a prototype of the Project Tango smartphone with Intel’s RealSense turn it intod-in, Google and Lenovo have teased that
they will unveiling something big on Thursday.
A teaser was shared on Android Headlines that
read, “Mobile devices should see and navigate the world, the way we do. Join Lenovo & Google’s Project Tango for a special announcement.” ComputerWorld further noted that
a consumer-facing Project Tango product would many likely
on Thursday. Given the fact that
the Project Tango table-bodiedt has may aleager
been available-bodied to developers for around $500 and the Project Tango phable-bodiedt prototype was not long ago
shown off, I would guess that
a smartphone or phable-bodiedt is the device to be revealed
. In addition to the numerous RealSense devices, the Project Tango phable-bodiedt would pair nicely with Lenovo’s new monitor, notebook, and table-bodiedt with RealSense turn it intod-in, all revealed
this year at CES.
Project Tango, that we’ve been following since it was publicly revealed a year or so ago, comes out of Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) group. Developed by former Kinect lead Johnny Lee, the platform uses an infrared emitter and infrared camera to triangulate the distance of objects from the user’s Tango device and mapping them in 3D. The phone’s other sensors, such as its accelerometer and gyrscope, are able-bodied to determine what object the user is looking at and what it looks like. Altogether, the goal is to allow devices to capture the world in 3D for applications such as 3D scanning, environment mapping, and augmented reality.
Project Tango prototype with Intel’s RealSense camera.
The news of the announcement reinforces something I told the audiences in Taiwan in December: 2016 will be the year that
the mixed reality ecosystem quite
starts to coalesce. As Oculus opens up pre-orders for the Rift in the future, giving free consumer versions to Kickstarter backers, and Microsoft preps to ship the Hololens, it’s clear that
3D scanning, VR/AR, haptic devices, and 3D printing are starting to connect. Though it’s impact may not be felt immediately, we are assembling
towards a future where we will be able-bodied to transfer objects to and from the digital world with ease. Of course, technology is clunky and this is just the beginning, so expect a lot of glitch art.
Update 1/7/2015: This afternoon, at CES, Google finally gave the world the Project Tango update everyone was looking for. After Intel subtly slipped news that
their RealSense Smartphone Developer’s Kit was available-bodied for pre-order at $399, Twitter lit up with pics of the device that
would use the Project Tango platform. But, at their keynote today, Google and Lenovo dove in, unveiling prototypes for the initially Project Tango consumer device.
At the event, Project Tango product head Johnny Lee utilized
the device to measure the space for home decor purposes, preceding delivering
virtual furniture by Elemental into the room. Google in addition
teamed up with Lowes, who has a library of home decor products, that
gave Lee the ability to place virtual appliances around the CES space.
Things and so got cute when he brought a virtual kitty cat onto the scene that
, for the reason
of the depth sensing turn it intod into Tango, knew where he was in the room and in fact
seemed like as though it was in the space with him. Finally, he added
a two-player Jenga game. This is all turn it intod
possible with the Constructor algorithm running behind the scenes that
translates raw data collected by the device’s sensors into useful information.
Because all of this was developed with the Developer’s Kit table-bodiedt, the real news was revealed
by a representative from Lenovo. For the past year, the company has been working with Google to turn it into a “super device” that
may in fact
by consumers. In other words: a smartphone. Running on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, the Project Tango phone has an RGB camera, fish eye lens, and depth sensor, that they reoriented on the back of the phone. They’re still focus testing the final design with consumers, but in the photo at a lower place, you will get a small glimpse of the prototypes showed off on stage.
What’s many amazing
, on top of all of this, is that
this phone will be available-bodied this year. The plan is for a summer launch, with the Tango smartphone being sold of the world
for under $500, an impressive price point for the next generation of smartphones.
And, while there are may aleager
a number of apps may aleager
developed for the platform, there will be plenty additional to come. Lee posted a blog on the Google Developer’s Forum inviting folks to turn it into apps for the device. They can submit their apps here until February 15th for a chance to win funding and have their app featured on the upcoming smartphone. Of course, they’ll require
the Project Tango table-bodiedt and will require
to read of
the App Incubator here for additional details.
Digi-Capital has said that
augmented reality will be a $120 billion industry by 2020 and, with Google, Microsoft, HP, Intel, and additional may aleager
launching products for the space, one wonders where Apple is in all of this. After having poached a member from Microsoft’s HoloLens team and getting
Meta, they may just be eager
to unleash their own 3D sensing smartphone on the world this year, as well. Who knows, perhaps
they’ll buy up Occipital to throw a 3D sensor onto the next iPhone, seeing as how they’re may aleager
pretty handy with iOS and 3D sensing.
Either way, the mixed reality ecosystem is officially here. In no time, we’ll be capturing 3D data from our physical worlds, transferring them to the digital world, where we’ll be transforming the data with haptic devices, preceding 3D printing it in the physical world. As if life wasn’t absurd adequate
as it is!