Augmented reality could come to the Moto Z next year


Thought Google’s Tango augmented reality technology was cool in the Lenovo Phab2 Pro? Well, it might be on its way to the Moto Z as well, but in the form of a Moto Mod.

Details after the break.

At this point, Tango is early adopter technology — there’s no actual practical reason to have it. But, truth be told, it needs to get out there for developers to start seeing the possibilities with this new technology, and hopefully, create content that will work with Tango. And that’s what seems to be behind the idea of a Tango-focused Moto Mod.

Motorola Mobility chairman and president Aymar de Lencquesaing, speaking to the press at an event in Chicago, said that company will likely develop a Tango Moto Mod for its latest Moto Z line of smartphones.

Here’s some of the finer details, obtained by PC Magazine:

“”The tablet folks [at Lenovo] did a phablet and worked with Google, the Tango team, to come out with a Tango phablet,” he said. “Going forward, we’ll have to address as a group how do we reconcile the products that are at the fringe? We’re likely to to have a Tango module to basically enable the Z to have Tango functionality.”

Truth be told, a Moto Mod for Tango is actually a really good idea. You’re not forced to keep it if you don’t like it because it’s not built directly into the phone like it is with the Phab 2 Pro. Don’t like the Tango augmented reality technology? Well, simply snap off the Moto Mod!


It’s important to note that there weren’t a whole lot of details. In fact, de Lencquesaing didn’t even confirm there was one in the works, only saying that it’s likely to happen. That’s a stark difference from it will happen, so it’s also a high probability that a Moto Mod like this will never see the light of day. But, at the same time de Lencquesaing is a believer that augmented reality is a technology that will stick:

“Augmented reality on a phone is a technology that’s likely to stick,” he said. “Of course we’ll follow, or lead, the market in this area.”

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Either way, a Tango Moto Mod truly is a really good idea, since it lets consumers demo the technology without investing too much into it.

source: PC Magazine

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