What is Google’s Tango?

Last Updated: 25 October, 2016
How Google Tango works

Google’s Tango, formerly called as Project Tango, is a new feature that lets you experience both Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in the real world. Yes, it’s complex to understand, and if you’re already aware of Microsoft HoloLens, there you go, it’s a simplified version of HoloLens, but in a phone.

This technology will be available on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which is due in September. This superphone has the ability to map objects near you, and by locating where you’re, it takes you into the world of virtual reality. With this phone, you’ll be able to take selfies with dinosaurs. Just unleash your unimaginable fantasies.

Let’s put it this way. You can build a linked chain of dominos across your entire house, knock them all down without the mess of cleaning them later – the dominos only you can see using your phone.

The phone packs in four cameras. There’s an 8 MP front-facing camera, a 16 MP main camera on the rear, as well as a depth-sensing infrared camera and a motion tracking camera – also on the back. The two cameras on the back see the world in 3D. That’s how it actually works.

When you capture a picture with your phone, it’s flat and it doesn’t know how far the objects are. But, with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, you will know how far the objects actually are on the fly. The two cameras on the back (primary and motion tracking camera) along with a depth-sensing camera, the phone determines how far away from your walls, floors, and furniture are.

Google Tango

Once it maps them, Tango will start to create a 3D digital map of your surroundings and records them. With the recorded data, it can figure out the orientation of the phone and determines where your phone is exactly located in the room.

Once your phone knows precisely where your furniture is, where your phone is and which direction it’s facing, it can act like a window into a virtual world. You can place virtual dominos on top of your real-world table, as if they only existed in an alternate reality you can see through the window of your phone.

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