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At CES this year, Lenovo announced the development of the first consumer mobile device with Project Tango in collaboration with Google.
The new smartphone, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, turns the screen into a magic window that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world. Lenovo, Google and Qualcomm are working closely to optimize the software and hardware to ensure that the consumers can get the most out of the Project Tango platform.
“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,” said Johnny Lee, Project Tango Lead, Google. “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.”
The Project Tango is a technology platform that uses advanced computer vision, depth sensing and motion tracking to create on screen 3D experiences, thus allowing users to explore their physical environments via their device. The hardware and software on board combine to let the device react to every movement the user makes. App developers can use this to create game levels or augmented environments. The device will also remember places it has been to before, and also tracks motion indoors, thus making it easy to navigate in shopping malls for example. You can even use the device to map out your rooms, create a 3D image, and take measurements, making it easy to go furniture shopping.
Aspiring developers can click here to submit their apps. The device should be available this summer.