Google's augmented reality platform, Tango, has been talked about for over two years. Only now, however, has a smartphone with full support for this techonology hit the market – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Want to know how Tango works? Then read on.
Tango is a unique new technology developed by Google for smartphones. At first glance it may resemble the technology of 3D cameras, which recognises the distance between objects, but Tango takes things a great deal further. By using special sensors and chips, it allows your phone to chart its physical surroundings in detail. From this it creates an understanding of the space around you and your relationship to it, which in turn enables the use of augmented reality apps.
Thanks to object recognition, Tango can determine the position of the device in relation to the outside world, allowing it to navigate through buildings without the use of GPS or other location systems. The technology can also be used for playing games, or to visualise a newly decorated room. There are already over 30 applications that support Tango technology.
Google predicts that in a few years Tango smartphones will be as common as GPS or camera phones are today, while promising that the market will see more devices supporting this technology in the coming year.
The first phone equipped with Tango is the 6.4" Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Besides its size, it offers three rear cameras. The main one has a resolution of 16 megapixels and is designed for photography and 4K video. The second is used to determine the phone's location in space, and the third captures its movement. On the front you will find an 8 MP selfie Camera.
Thanks to a trio of microphones, the Lenovo Phab 2 has the ability to record 360° Dolby surround sound 5.1. What's more, the aluminium unibody structure is only 8.9 mm thick, and the aforementioned 6.4-inch" IPS display comes with qHD resolution (1440 × 2560) and is covered with 2.5D curved glass.
Lenovo Phab 2 with Tango technology, which comes from the...