We finally got to see the first consumer device to implement Google’s highly anticipated Tango augmented reality system today at Lenovo Tech World, the monstrous Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. In addition to this highly anticipated phone finally launching, we are also getting a name change straight from Google itself. Project Tango is no longer a project. With the launching of the first consumer device to include the new tech Google has decided to drop the ‘Project’ moniker in favor of just Tango.
For those of you unfamiliar with what Tango is I’ll give you a brief overview. Tango is Google’s foray into augmented reality which has been in the works for three years now. The technology adds a wide-angle camera along with a special depth-sensing sensor to allow a device to scan the physical world around people enabling them to do all sorts of things. You can add virtual furniture to your living room space, play a game of domino’s on your table with no physical dominos, or even use the camera to scan a building you are in in order to find where the exit or bathrooms are. Pretty incredible stuff.
While the launch of the first consumer device to include this new Tango technology would lead most of us to believe that Tango was ready for Primetime, this name change certainly leaves no doubt that Tango is out of the oven for good. I would imagine since Tango is no longer a project, we will be seeing plenty more consumer ready Tango devices in the near future. This should be great news to any of you, like me, who can’t wait to get your hands on this awesome new tech.
Source: Google Blog