Lenovo, at the recently concluded 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), has announced the development of the first consumer mobile device with Project Tango in collaboration with Google.
According to Lenovo, Google’s Project Tango is a technology platform that uses advanced computer vision, depth sensing, and motion tracking to create on-screen 3D experiences, allowing users to explore their physical environments via their device.
Specialised hardware and software combine to let the device react to every movement of the user, when they step forward, backward, or lean side to side.
Project Tango-enabled devices can recognise places they’ve been before, like your living room, the office, or public spaces.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“Unlike GPS, Project Tango motion tracking works indoors, allowing users to navigate precisely through a shopping mall, or even find a specific item at the store where that information is available.”[/blockquote]
Unlike GPS, Project Tango motion tracking works indoors, allowing users to navigate precisely through a shopping mall, or even find a specific item at the store where that information is available.
The new smartphone, which will be available in the summer of 2016, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and turns the screen into a magic window that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world.
Lenovo, Google, and Qualcomm Technologies are working closely together to optimise the software and hardware to ensure consumers get the most out of the Project Tango platform.
“To break new ground in today’s hypercompetitive smartphone and tablet industries, we must take innovation risks – it’s the only way to truly change the way people use mobile technology,” Chen Xudong, senior vice president and president, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo says.
Together with Google we’re breaking down silos by working across mobile hardware and software. Turning our shared vision into reality will create a more holistic product experience that captures the imagination of today’s consumer.”
“With Project Tango, the smartphone becomes a magic window into the physical world by enabling it to perceive space and motion that goes beyond the boundaries of a touch screen,” Johnny Lee, Project Tango Lead, Google adds.
“By working with Lenovo, we’ll be able to make Project Tango more accessible to users and developers all over the world to both enjoy and create new experiences that blends the virtual and real world”, Lee adds.
“Qualcomm Technologies is very pleased that Lenovo and Google are bringing a Project Tango-enabled device to the mainstream so that consumers can experience a whole new level of advanced connected mobile computing apps and services across video, imaging and graphics,” Seshu Madhavapeddy, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies adds.
“Qualcomm Technologies has a rich and long history with working with the developer community to ensure that all of the experiences that Project Tango and Lenovo are set to deliver are optimized for the Snapdragon processor.”