Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro smartphone may be one of the first smartphones to be Tango-ready right out-of-the-box. The company however has plans to roll out the Tango augmented reality functionality to the Moto Z (Review) as well.
At an event in Chicago, Aymar de Lencquesaing, Chairman and President – Motorola, and SVP, Lenovo Mobile Business, has confirmed that the Moto Z may soon receive Tango functionality. Lencquesaing added that the company will likely launch a Tango module to enable the Moto Z to have Tango functionality.
“The tablet folks did a phablet and worked with Google, the Tango team, to come out with a Tango phablet. Going forward, we’ll have to address as a group how do we reconcile the products that are at the fringe? We’re likely to have a Tango module to basically enable the Z to have Tango functionality,” Lencquesaing was quoted saying at the event.
Unfortunately, Lencquesaing didn’t announce a timeline for the availability of the Tango module for the Moto Z.
To recall, Google’s Project Tango focuses around machine vision which means that a camera and sensor setup provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. The features allow enabling augmented reality (AR) on a device that can make applications like indoor navigation, search, and gaming work. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a total of four cameras – an 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera.
The Moto Z smartphone launched in India back in October and was priced at Rs. 39,999. The highlight of the smartphone is it supports Moto Mods, which connect to the rear of the smartphones via the 16-dot connector interface.
Asus may be the next smartphone manufacturer to launch Google Tango-ready smartphone. According to a report citing Asus CEO Jerry Shen, the company is gearing to launch the ‘ZenFone AR’ at CES 2017.
Shen was cited to say the ‘ZenFone AR will come with advanced functionality and performance at a competitive price.’ The Taiwanese company is expected to showcase the Google Tango-enabled device at CES next year, reports Digitimes, though there’s no word on whether the company will work on multiple smartphones or just one like Lenovo.
For those unaware, Google’s Project Tango is centred on machine vision, with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. This can enable augmented reality applications like indoor navigation, search, and gaming.
Shen also claimed that the ZenFone 4 range of smartphones will be unveiled in the “second quarter of 2017”. He teased that the new models will feature improved camera. Shen also acknowledged that Asus suffered loss due to “lower than expected shipments”.
Earlier this month, the world’s first Tango smartphone – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – finally went on sale priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,300). It is the first commercial product from Google’s Project Tango team that was working on machine vision in mobile devices.
The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro features a 6.4-inch QHD IPS display, and a total of four cameras. It bears an 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. At launch, a special Tango app store was also revealed that was ready with 25 apps, with the hope to reach 100 apps by year-end.
The world’s first Tango smartphone – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – is now finally available to buy. The smartphone was due to go on sale online in August and hit retail shelves in September, but then got delayed to October and then November, before finally getting a November 1 release date in the recent past. The smartphone is now available to buy via the company’s website, priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,300).
Availability in other markets is not known yet. As per an earlier report citing a company representative, the Phab 2 Pro will be available in those Asia Pacific markets where Lenovo has launched smartphones before – this will include India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Myanmar. It is not listed on the India website yet however.To recall, the Phab 2 Pro is the first Tango smartphone, the first commercial product from Google’s Project Tango team that was working on machine vision in mobile devices. The smartphone bears a camera and sensor setup to enable motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. All this is meant for augmented reality (AR) applications like indoor navigation, search, and gaming.
Lenovo had announced special Tango app store will be ready with 25 apps at launch, with hope to reach 100 apps by year-end. Accompanying the launch of the smartphone, Google in a blog post on Tuesday said over 35 of the apps have gone live on Google Play, where it is also featuring some of them. Phab 2 Pro users can also easily download the Tango app to see all available experiences.
Apps and games include a measurement app called Measure; furniture apps such as Homestyler Interior Design; world builders like Towers for Tango, and games such as Domino World, Crayola Color Blaster, and Slingshot Island.
Tthe Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a 6.4-inch QHD IPS display, and a total of four cameras. It bears a 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Phab 2 Pro bears a 4050mAh battery that’s promised to deliver a 15-hour battery life. It also sports Dolby Atmos audio technology for its speakers, apart from Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology for recording 3D sound.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the world’ first Project Tango smartphone, is expected to go on sale on November 1. Developed in collaboration with Google, the Phab 2 Pro was originally slated to be released in September, but its launch was later pushed back.
Last week, the official Lenovo US website mentioned that the phablet will go on sale on November 1, but the listing Phab 2 Pro page only says ‘Coming Soon’ at present. The smartphone has been priced at $499.99 (roughly Rs. 34,000) in the US market.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will make use of AR and VR sensors to map the surroundings and with the help of applications designed for Google Tango, users will be able to interact with things in the virtual world.
Google Tango enables the users to measure the size of objects in their room by using just their smartphone camera and also to place and see furniture virtually in real-world size before actually purchasing them off Internet. There are certain games designed specifically for Google Tango, which will provide an immersive environment for gamers to interact with.In terms of specifications, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a 6.4-inch QHD IPS display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It houses a 4050mAh battery.
The Phab 2 Pro houses a total of four cameras in it. There is an 8-megapixel camera at front, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. The Phab 2 Pro can record videos in 360-degree and 4K as well. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner at its back.
The first Tango smartphone in the world was made by Lenovo, and was due to launch in September. That didn’t happen, and Lenovo quietly delayed the release “to this fall”. Now, a Google representative has confirmed that the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is coming to markets next month.
For those unaware, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World event in June this year. The smartphone has been made in collaboration with Google, and is the first smartphone that uses AR and VR to sense and map surroundings. The smartphone will make “AR and VR as pervasive as the GPS”, and will be intelligent enough to understand the size of the room you’re in, and even sense the presence of people in it. Project Tango (now renamed as just ‘Tango’) is expected to transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.
During the launch, the company claimed that the smartphone would hit the market in September, but that didn’t happen, and Lenovo quietly pushed the release to fall. Now, Clay Bavor, head of VR at Google, has told CNET that the phone will go on sale this November.
Around the same time Google’s two Pixel smartphones will hit the market as well. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro’s abilities are based on machine vision, with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. This can enable augmented reality applications like indoor navigation, search, and gaming. With depth sensing, it can be used for gesture tracking in virtual reality as well.
And for all of this to work, Lenovo has introduced four cameras inside the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. It bears an 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. The smartphone is huge with a 6.4-inch QHD display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor paired with a 4GB of RAM.
It is expected to be priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,300) on launch. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro also packs a 4050mAh battery and promises 15 hours of battery life.
It seems the first Google Tango smartphone, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, has been delayed. It was the first commercial attempt to imbue a smartphone with an excellent understanding of what is around it, using Google’s Project Tango machine vision technologies.
Lenovo had announced the Phab 2 Pro with Google in June, and had then said the smartphone would hit retail shelves by September. The Chinese company has quietly extended the availability date of the Phab 2 Pro from ‘summer’ to the ‘fall’ season, which hints at a launch in October. There is no certainty on shipments, but as per Lenovo’s US website, the Phab 2 Pro will be ‘coming this fall’.
The company has also confirmed to Ausdroid that it is planning on launching the Phab 2 Pro only in those Asia Pacific markets where it has launched smartphones before – this will include India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Myanmar; countries where an October launch is planned. There’s no information on the release in other regions.
Lenovo launched Phab 2 Pro at a price of $499 (roughly Rs. 34,000) and was expected to reach the online markets by August. Lenovo said that the Phab 2 Pro is its first smartphone that harbours three different technologies: motion tracking, area learning, depth perception.
To recall, Project Tango is the project under Google that is aimed at harnessing a machine’s potential to sense its surroundings using computer vision and area learning technologies. By the Phab 2 Pro’s launch, the project had graduated to just ‘Tango’. Lenovo and Google together came up with Phab 2 Pro that is built to use Tango features in it.
Talking about the specifications, Phab 2 Pro has 6.4-inch QHD IPS display, powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It bears a 4050mAh battery, which Lenovo claims can deliver a 15-hour battery life.
The cameras in Phab 2 Pro are the lifelines of the smartphone that actually hone in real depth sensing and area learning. The Phab 2 Pro houses a total of four cameras in it. Those include a 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. The Phab 2 Pro can record 360-degree and 4K videos as well. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back of the smartphone.
Notably, it also packs Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology for recording 3D sound. It’s also said to be the first smartphone to be able to record a 360-degree video with Dolby 5.1 stereo capture. Lenovo has also mentioned a suite of 25 apps that will be available in its Tango store pre-installed on the Phab 2 Pro.
Intel announced Project Euclid, at its Intel Developers Forum last month, based on company’s RealSense perceptual computing platform. With this announcement the company made it clear that it is serious about the concept of computer vision. Now, the company has gone ahead further and announced that it is going to acquire computer vision chipmaker Movidius.
Movidius as a chipmaker is not an unknown entity in the industry as it is already working with companies such as Google, DJI, FLIR, and Lenovo to provide its vision technology to various electronic devices such as drones, security cameras, AR/VR headsets etc.
Movidius, interestingly, provided the computer vision chips used in the first generation of Google Project Tango devices, including the first commercial Tango product, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Its hardware helps map surroundings using 3D tools like cameras and sensors. The company also provided chips for the collision avoidance system on the DJI Phantom 4.
In a note regarding the acquisition, Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane said that the company will remain focused on its objective to provide vision to machines but will now have the resources to innovate faster and execute at scale.
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“With Movidius, Intel gains low-power, high-performance SoC platforms for accelerating computer vision applications. Additionally, this acquisition brings algorithms tuned for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions, as well as broad expertise in embedded computer vision and machine intelligence. Movidius’ technology optimizes, enhances and brings RealSense capabilities to fruition,” Intel’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Technology Group Josh Walden said in his editorial.
Walden further said that specifically, the company will look to deploy the technology across its “efforts in augmented, virtual and merged reality (AR/VR/MR), drones, robotics, digital security cameras and beyond.”
“Computer vision will trigger a Cambrian explosion of compute, with Intel at the forefront of this new wave of computing, enabled by RealSense in conjunction with Movidius and our full suite of perceptual computing technologies,” Walden added.
A spokesperson from Intel has told The Verge that all of the 180 employees at Movidius will be “integrated” into Intel’s Perceptual Computing group.
Qualcomm has confirmed that it’s far optimising Snapdragon chipsets for supporting Google’s Tango (previously venture Tango) gadget vision framework for augmented and virtual fact. The chipset maker discovered that it’s been working closely with Google for over a year with the venture Tango group ensure it runs on Snapdragon processors.
Qualcomm has showed that the high-cease Snapdragon 820 in addition to the Snapdragon 652 chipsets already help project Tango. The agency also introduced that the destiny Snapdragon 800 and six hundred collection SoCs will aid Google’s Tango.
talking to Ars Technica, Seshu Madhavapeddy, vp, Product control for Qualcomm, said, “we are dedicated to Tango and we believe in this technology. We see large adoption of this era as drawing close and we would like to aid that.”
Google’s first prototype for the Tango augmented truth included the Movidius computer imaginative and prescient chip; although the patron model announced lately with Lenovo – the Phab 2 seasoned – had no greater chipset, points out Ars Technica.
The chipmaker defined that this become feasible with the “Snapdragon Heterogeneous Processing architecture,” which means the DSP, sensor hub, and photograph signal Processor (ISP) perform the compute obligations in a Tango phone.
Qualcomm claims with its new generation, Tango phones could be able to handle “algorithms and sensors with a less than 10 percentage CPU overhead as compared to a regular app.”
To do not forget, Lenovo earlier this month at its Tech world 2016 event in San Francisco unveiled the first client facing project Tango smartphone known as the Lenovo Phab 2 seasoned. The phone is predicted to start shipping in August and has been priced at $499 (kind of Rs. 33,500).
on the Lenovo Tech international 2016 event in San Francisco, Yang Yuanqing – Chairman and CEO of Lenovo – announced the first patron facing task Tango smartphone at some point of the keynote deal with on Thursday. With the patron release, Google has graduated the challenge to name it simply Tango.
called the Lenovo Phab 2 pro, the phone become advanced in collaboration with Google, and is meant to make “AR and VR as pervasive as your GPS.” The smartphone turns into globally available on retail cabinets in September, and Lenovo stated they’re predicted to start transport from on line stores in August. The Lenovo Phab 2 pro is priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,500).
assignment Tango is targeted round gadget imaginative and prescient, with a camera and sensor setup that offers motion tracking, intensity notion, and area studying. this can permit augmented reality programs like indoor navigation, seek, and gaming. With intensity sensing, it can be used gesture monitoring in virtual fact.
To permit all this, the Lenovo Phab 2 seasoned sports a 6.four-inch QHD IPS show, and a complete of four cameras. It bears a 8-megapixel the front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB digital camera, a intensity-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, in addition to a movement monitoring digicam. it is powered by means of an octa-center Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Phab 2 seasoned bears a 4050mAh battery that’s promised to deliver a 15-hour battery lifestyles. It additionally sports activities Dolby Atmos audio generation for its audio system, aside from Dolby Audio five.1 seize generation for recording 3-d sound.
Lenovo additionally introduced a unique Tango app store could be ready with 25 apps at launch, with the hope to reach one hundred apps by way of year-cease.
The corporation announced the Lenovo Phab 2 (priced at $199, or roughly Rs. thirteen,500) and the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (priced at $299, or roughly Rs. 20,000). each smartphones characteristic 6.4-inch presentations, but wherein the previous functions an HD show, the latter bears a full-HD display.
whilst the Phab 2 bears a thirteen-megapixel rear digital camera and a five-megapixel the front digicam, the Phab 2 Plus bears twin thirteen-megapixel rear cameras with Fujitsu Milbeaut imaging software, and a eight-megapixel the front camera. the previous is powered by using a quad-middle MediaTek MT8735 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM, at the same time as the latter is powered through an octa-core MediaTek MT8783 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Phab 2 Plus additionally bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel in addition, much like the Phab 2 seasoned.
assume your telephone is clever enough to comprehend your bodily environment – the room’s length, the place of doors and windows and the presence of other humans. What could it do with that data?
we are approximately to get our first look. On Thursday, Lenovo will give clients their first chance to buy a cellphone offering Google’s three-12 months-old challenge Tango, an try to imbue machines with a better information approximately what’s round them.
vicinity tracking thru GPS and mobile towers tells apps in which you are, however now not a great deal greater. Tango uses software and sensors to music motions and length up the contours of rooms, empowering Lenovo’s new smartphone to map building interiors. it’s a essential building block of a promising new frontier in “augmented fact,” or the virtual projection of lifelike images and records into a actual-existence surroundings.
If Tango fulfills its promise, furniture consumers will be able to down load digital fashions of couches, chairs and espresso tables to peer how they would appearance of their actual dwelling rooms. youngsters studying the Mesozoic technology would be capable of area a virtual Tyrannosaurus or Velociraptor in their domestic or lecture room – and even take selfies with one. The generation might even understand while to display information about an artist or a scene depicted in a painting as you walk thru a museum.
Tango might be able to create inner maps of homes and workplaces on the fly. Google won’t need to build a mapping database beforehand of time, as it does with current offerings like Google Maps and street View. however, Tango could improve fresh worries about privateness if controls are not stringent enough to save you the on-the-fly maps from being shared with unauthorized apps or heisted with the aid of hackers.
Lenovo introduced its plans for the Tango phone in January, however Thursday will mark the first time that the business enterprise is displaying the device publicly. on the Lenovo Tech world convention in San Francisco, the chinese language employer is predicted to announce the cellphone’s price and launch date.
The efforts come as phone income are slowing. human beings were maintaining off on upgrades, in part due to the fact they haven’t gotten enthusiastic about the styles of technological advances hitting the marketplace for the duration of the past few years. telephones supplying intriguing new era ought to assist spur more sales.
but Tango’s room-mapping era is probably nonetheless too summary to benefit mass attraction proper away, says Ramon Llamas, an analyst at the IDC research institution.
“For most folks, this is nonetheless a pair steps in advance of what they can wrap their brains around, so I think there may be going to be an extended gestation period,” Llamas says.
other smartphones promising quantum leaps have flopped. do not forget Amazon’s fire phone launched with high-quality fanfare two years in the past? That souped-up cellphone featured 4 the front-facing cameras and a gyroscope so a few pictures might be visible in three dimensions. The tool also offered a tool called Firefly that could be used to discover items and sounds. however the fireplace fizzled, and Amazon not even sells the telephone.
the key to the Tango smartphone’s fulfillment is likely to hinge at the breadth of compelling apps that humans locate beneficial of their normal lives. If records is any guide, the early apps may be extra demonstrative than sensible.
Google already has launched experimental Tango devices designed for laptop programmers, spurring them to construct about one hundred apps as a way to paintings with Lenovo’s new cellphone. At a convention for builders last month, Google demonstrated an app for picturing furnishings in real living rooms and for taking selfies with digital dinosaurs.
each large and small tech organizations are making a bet that augmented realty, or AR, will take off earlier than later. Microsoft has been promoting a $3,000 (more or less Rs. 1.9 lakhs) prototype of its HoloLens AR headset. Others, including facebook’s Oculus and Samsung, are out with virtual-fact devices. Google has one coming as nicely through its Daydream task. even as AR tries to blend the synthetic together with your actual surroundings, digital reality immerses its users in a setting it’s entirely fabricated.
With both, the gadgets out so far always require users to put on a headset or glasses. in many instances, they also need to be tethered to greater effective non-public computers, proscribing the potential to transport around.
None of this is essential with Lenovo’s Tango telephone. rather, you get an augmented examine your surroundings through the telephone’s screen.
“This has a chance to come to be pervasive as it’s incorporated into a tool which you have already got with you all of the time,” says Jeff Meredith, a Lenovo vice president who oversaw improvement of the Tango tool. “You are not going to ought to stroll around a mall carrying a headset.”
Google plans to deliver Tango to other phones, however is focusing on the Lenovo partnership this 12 months, according to Johnny Lee, a Google government who oversaw the group that developed the era.
Tango drew upon preceding research in robotics and the U.S. space program. Lee believes 3-dimensional imagery and facts – whether or not thru the new Tango phone or every other era – will help reshape the way people interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.