Project Tango, unveiled nearly two years ago by Google, allows devices to map the 3D space around them in real-time using a combination of cameras and sensors. That means that smartphones, tablets or other devices can measure the dimensions of a room, measure distances between objects or display them in a camera’s view as augmented reality. Pretty amazing technology.
Last month during CES 2016 in Las Vegas Google and Lenovo announced that they’ve teamed up to build and sell the first smartphone that could be able to support. We didn’t have to wait for the first results too long. This week during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona two companies showcased the technology in Museum National d’Art de Catalunya.
The technology has been used to navigate inside the museum’s building and to point you to the most interesting pieces of art. Tango uses 3D motion tracking and cameras with depth sensing not only to map the interiors but also to position your device in a surrounding space to let it know exactly where it is and how it moves in relation to the world around it.
The first impressions were quite positive but most of the reviews reports that the navigation software is still far from being perfect. The is no doubt that there is a huge potential in the solution. Here is a short review from Android Central:
Of course from our perspective the most interesting part of the project is not the navigation itself but the real-time mapping potential of the technology that could bring indoor location industry to the next level.
The companies are planning to launch the first Tango-supporting device in couple of months. Meanwhile Google announced an app incubator program to motivate developers to create apps and games for the new platform. The best will receive funding and be featured on Lenovo’s phone out of the box.