Posts tagged with: Project Tango
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    In case you’re still scratching your heads in confusion as to Google and Lenovo’s decision to fit an arguably middling processor under the hood of the world’s road-opening consumer phone based on Project Tango, Qualcomm just came forward with an enlightening confession. It turns out the Phab 2 Pro packs a Snapdragon 652 not only to keep the retail pricing bar comparatively low to mainstream Android flagships from Samsung, HTC or LG. It’s also about certain “Tango-specific software optimizations”, which the San Diego-headquartered semiconductor giant first executed on the 652… ...

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    Lenovo TechWorld rocked our socks! Let's chat about our first experiences with the Moto Z and Z Force. What is Project Tango, and what is it doing in the Phab 2 Pro? And what might Apple have in store for us at WWDC this year? Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 204 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 10th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on ...

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    They say it takes two to tango, and indeed, Google needed the smartphone-making expertise of Motorola owner Lenovo to turn the forward-thinking Project Tango into commercial reality. Starting September, you’ll be able to use the innovative rear-facing multi-camera setup of the ginormous Lenovo Phab 2 Pro to virtually measure and place certain objects (for instance, furniture) in actual spaces around you. Best Buy and Lowe’s will be among those not only selling the AR-supporting 6.4-incher stateside, but also developing nifty applications for the motion tracking hardware to perform its ...

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    Lenovo has introduced three phones in its PHAB2 series. The PHAB2 (image left) is a $199 6.4-inch phablet with some AR technology, a 13-megapixel camera and 16GB of expandable storage. At $299 comes the PHAB2 Plus (image middle) — it brags a pair of rear cameras with f/1.8 lenses and Fujitsu imaging processors. Lenovo makes the point that those processors are also found in Leica cameras, a nick at Huawei and its Leica-approved P9. But the big deal of the trio shines as the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (image right), the first product launching with Project Tango technology. We'll get to the specs ...

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    There's plenty of anticipation hanging in the air. Lenovo and Motorola will be dropping plenty of that during today's keynote for the Lenovo Tech World '16 conference today. We have on-the-ground coverage in San Francisco, but if you want to get the keynote directly from there (and you're not there, we assume), this is the place to get it. If you're in it for the RAZR throwbacks, for the much-rumored Moto Z, the purported Phab 2 Pro with Project Tango augmented reality technology or all of the above, we'll be comparing wishlists to spec lists for the next little while. The keynote ...

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    If a high-profile phone doesn’t get @evleaked ahead of its formal announcement, you can probably bet the farm on it at least prematurely popping up online courtesy of Twitter’s second most prolific tipster, @OnLeaks, aka Steve Hemmerstoffer. The French journalist just got the scoop from Weibo on Google and Lenovo’s first ever Project Tango device headed to retail, which Evan Blass expects to be called Phab 2 Pro. While its origin story is likely similar to that of the Motorola Moto Z, this bad boy isn’t only considerably larger, at 6.4 inches, but altogether looks different. The ...

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    We’re only three days away from Lenovo Tech World, an exciting press event in San Francisco where the continuously reshuffling device manufacturer intends to tackle “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, IoT and harnessing the power of the cloud to transform people’s lives.” Sounds vague, experimental and potentially boring as hell, and besides, Lenovo recently unveiled the Motorola Moto G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play in India, so it’s unlikely there’s already something different and similarly exciting in the pipeline. Or is it? Well, we ...

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    Back in the golden age of candybar phones and clamshells, it was so much easier than today to choose a “daily driver.” Nobody talked about different mobile operating systems and platforms (because there weren’t any), you didn’t have quad or octa-core processors to concern yourself with, and lag was an issue limited to PC mIRC chats. It was an arguably simpler time, when essentially the entire mobile device-owning world either used a stylish Motorola Razr or robust and long-lasting Nokia 1000-series handheld. Androids and iPhones of course shortly entered the equation and began ...

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    Looks like "modular" is in fact the buzzword of the year. At least, we can see a continuation of the trend if we trust VentureBeat's Evan Blass with some more information about this year's Moto X (or Moto Xs?). This follows on from the renders we saw of the devices along with a potential DROID Turbo 3 from HellomotoHK earlier. "A person who was briefed on the plans" said that both phones will have 5.5-inch AMOLED screens, be metallic and get sold under the Moto X brand. The pair will also have exchangeable backplates to add different functions to the device.   Thing is, the unit ...

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    While we’re likely only a week or so away from the Moto G4 and G4 Plus formal debut in India, parent company Lenovo is already looking forward to at least an additional pair of “major product announcements” scheduled for June 9 in San Francisco. Exactly one month from today, the second annual Lenovo Tech World conference will go down, with “some of the industry’s top leaders” joining the Chinese outfit’s chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing to talk “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, smart connected devices/IoT and harnessing the ...

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    Google Cardboard has opened the door on virtual reality for millions of smartphone users, but based on the recent hirings and shifting of resources Google's been up to, it's becoming clear that Cardboard's only the start, and Google's got some much larger VR ambitions; where will they take us? While Google hasn't made any public proclamations of its future VR plans, evidence from at least one employee suggests we might be looking at some kind of crossover with Project Tango, marrying Cardboard's 3D display with Tango's reality-scanning hardware. Googler Isaac Taylor recently posted on ...

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    Why must all good things come to an end? More importantly, why must they end before we get to truly appreciate them? Case in point, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It feels like it only started yesterday. Because, well, it technically did. But as always, the vast majority of high-profile exhibitors hurried to take the wraps off their shiny new gadgets in the days leading up to the expo’s formal kick-off. And now here we are, still roughly 24 hours away from the official conclusion of CES 2016, already knowing the party’s over. Nonetheless, Day 4 (technically, Day 2) of ...

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    Google's reality-scanning Project Tango experiment was huge technological achievement right from the get-go, showing us what was possible when we combined the latest mobile hardware with 3D-mapping cameras. The Tango developer tablet's sensors would assemble a 3D map of the room around you as quick and easily as regular phone can snap a 2D pic – and while it was all incredibly cool, it was still very much a work in progress, not quite ready for its commercial debut. Back in 2014, we learned from Google that there was a 2015 target for the launch of such a polished, ...

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    Project Tango is an undertaking by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), formerly a division of Motorola, with the "goal of giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion". On the surface that sounds academic and boring, but start to peel away the layers and start looking at potential applications. and some amazing things come to mind. Currently Project Tango is just that, an internal project being worked on by a group inside Google. It doesn't stop there. According to Google's Johnny Lee, the ATAP-Project Tango Team has been working with ...

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    A few months back Google revealed one of the latest ambitious projects from its Advanced Technology and Project group, the sensor-packed Project Tango. Tango's designed to let a device accurately scan its surroundings and determine its location in 3D space, allowing it to form a complete 3D map of its environment. First Google made available an experimental Tango handset to interested developers, and we just saw it follow that up with a very high-end (not to mention expensive) Tango tablet. But how long is this going to remain a curiosity for devs, and when might it mature into a more ...

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    This past winter, Google let us know about one of its latest advanced Android experiments, the reality-mapping Project Tango. Using some Kinect-like sensors, the handset's designed to be able to scan its surroundings and create 3D maps. Google's already made that hardware available to developers, but more recently we heard about a new spin on Project Tango, with word that Google was working on a seven-inch Tango tablet that would be released sometime this month. Well, we're still not sure just when it might ship, but Google has gone ahead and announced its Project Tango Tablet Development ...

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    Like the idea of Project Tango, but would rather have it in tablet form? According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is developing tablets with "advanced vision technologies," which makes us immediately think back to Project Tango's 3-D capabilities and advanced sensors. 4,000 prototype units will be produced next month, reportedly, though these likely won't be too close to possible retail versions. The device itself will allegedly boast a 7-inch display, and feature two rear cameras and depth sensors with infrared to map the world around you better. Of course, there will also be a ...

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    One month ago, we learned about one of Google's latest fantastically ambitious projects, using sensor-equipped smartphones to gather 3D data from the world around them, creating an internal map of their surroundings: Project Tango. It remains to be seen how this kind of tech might find a home in consumer-focused handsets, but for the moment Google is just interested in getting Tango out to developers and letting them see what they could pull off with this new tool at their disposal. After soliciting applications, Google has chosen its participants, and today we get to check out one of ...

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    A GPS receiver lets your smartphone know where it is. Accelerometers can detect motion. And for that brief period when smartphones were toying with autostereoscopic displays, they even had cameras capable of taking 3D shots. But despite all these technologies, phones have lacked a comprehensive understanding of their surroundings: what does the room they're in look like? What's their location within the larger building? Google is hard at work to enable phones to become better at mapping the world around them, and today reveals its Project Tango effort to do just that. Project Tango is an ...

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