It is official that Google has chosen Lenovo to be the tech-firm to launch their first Project Tango smartphone. Google in collaboration with the Chinese firm have showcased the smartphone at CES 2016. Lenovo is in plans to launch it around the summer time of this year and the device is expected to cost under $500 (Around Rs 33300/-).
Project Tango is an imaging technology that would allow the mobile devices to help us navigate the world just as how we do with our own eyes. It was in the experimental phase when the Project Tango was announced two years ago. But today, you can download the SDK (Software Development Kit) of the Project Tango to build apps.
If you have ideas for Project Tango, there is a webpage by Google where you can submit your ideas. If your idea is good enough, you would get funds to develop your idea into an app and your app would be one of the pre-installed apps in the phone.
Color and depth-information will be delivered in more detail using the three vertically stacked lens in the smartphone camera. A fish-eye lens in the camera does the job of wide-angle peripheral vision around the device to bring more reality to the view. The device is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm processor. As the processor would do the job of compilation of all the details from three different lens, a little homework has to be done by the developers on the heating issue before launching the phone.
Johnny Lee, the Lead of Project Tango had shown a little on what you can do with the device at the event. Using the camera, he measured the height of the ceiling and area of the room. The camera in the device can also be used for navigation to places like shopping malls and other interior locations.
At the end of the day, this technology is all about transforming the smartphone into a magical window to view every single thing in virtual reality.
Stay tuned for more updates from CES 2016.