CES 2016 ended some days ago and left us speechless as usual. This year the alternative realities fans enjoyed it even more, since it’s been inaugurated the Augmented Reality Marketplace, a space entirely dedicated to this theme. And in fact we weren’t disappointed.
One of the leading news came from Google and Lenovo, that during the event announced a pretty interesting partnership that will see them producing a new smartphone, a phablet, the first with Project Tango‘s 3D mapping technology. The objective is clearly to start a new generation of smart devices that could be optimized also for the use of augmented reality and 3D indoor mapping.
The new device wasn’t showed at CES, but some details have been unveiled: since of the dimensions, a wide screen around 6 inches (15 centimeters), it will be a phablet; the cost will be reasonable, remaining under $500, and we will see it on the market probably already from mid-year.
Johnny Lee, leader of Project Tango, in a speech also explained some possible uses for the new device: from helping consumers find their way in a large hotel or mall to taking precise measurements of a room before shopping for furnishings, all this related to the fact that Project Tango’s technology, on the opposite of the GPS one, works also in indoor spaces. Lee told us more: Project Tango “transforms the smartphone into a magical window on the world” and uses depth sensing and motion tracking to create on-screen 3D experiences.
As a whole, this is a pretty important step both for Lenovo, Chinese tech giant, that with this project officially enters the USA market, and for Google, that finally will be able to give a brand new device to the developers for his pretty ambitious Tango technology.