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Lenovo, Google team up to create Project Tango smartphone

Posted: 11 Jan 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Project Tango  3D  GPS  motion tracking  smartphone 

Lenovo has partnered with Google to develop the first consumer mobile device using Project Tango technology. The new smartphone, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, will be available in mid-2016.

The mobile device turns the screen into a "magic window" that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world, according to the company. Lenovo, Google and Qualcomm Technologies are working to optimise the software and hardware to ensure consumers 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."

Google's Project Tango is a technology platform that uses advanced computer vision, depth sensing and motion tracking to create on-screen 3D experiences, allowing users to explore their physical environments via their device. Specialised hardware and software combine to let the device react to every movement of the user, when they step forward, backward or lean side to side.

App developers can transform the user's surroundings into a game level, or create a magic window into virtual and augmented environments.

Project Tango-enabled devices can recognise places users have been before, such as the living room, office or public spaces. Unlike GPS, Project Tango motion tracking works indoors, allowing users to navigate precisely through a shopping mall, or even find a specific item at the store where that information is available. Using the sensor in the device, Project Tango devices can also capture the 3D dimensions of the room, giving measurements that can be used when shopping for furniture or decorations.

As part of the partnership, Lenovo also invites developers to help grow the budding Project Tango app ecosystem. Developers can start submitting their Project Tango app proposals at for a chance to win funding and the chance to have their app featured on Lenovo's upcoming smartphone.

The submission period closes on Feb. 15, 2016.

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