Google to produce Project Tango 3-D phone with Lenovo
LAS VEGASJan 09, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Jan 09, 2016 12:00 am
Google and Lenovo said Thursday they would team up to produce the first smartphone using three-dimensional mapping developed for the U.S. tech giant's "Project Tango." The partnership announced on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, will produce the first consumer device using the technology - which aims for a new generation of smart devices that can be used for indoor mapping, augmented reality and more.
The companies said the device - which was not displayed - would be a large-screen smartphone with a display of around 6 inches (15 centimeters) and cost under $500. The Tango phone, set for worldwide release in mid-year, will also mark the first major entry into the U.S. smartphone market for the Chinese electronics giant.
Google announced its research project in 2014 aimed at broadening the potential for smartphone technology in a 3-D world.
Project Tango leader Johnny Lee, who joined in the Las Vegas announcement, said the technology "transforms the smartphone into a magical window on the world."
Lee said it could help consumers find their way in a large hotel or mall, or take precise measurements of a room before shopping for furnishings. He showed how to get instant measurements of ceiling height, square footage and more, and then tested how certain furniture pieces would look in a room.
Project Tango uses depth sensing and motion tracking to create on-screen 3-D experiences, allowing users to get a better picture of a physical environment. Unlike GPS, Project Tango motion tracking works indoors, allowing users to navigate in a shopping mall, or even find a specific item at the store.