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How Google's Project Tango will change your life

Mike Elgan | Jan. 5, 2016
Tango-based phones and tablets start emerging this week; here's why Tango will turn your smartphone into a genius phone.

The range of applications that Tango enables is breathtaking. For starters, it makes possible the blending of mixed reality and virtual reality via the lower-cost Google Cardboard type of VR headsets. Imagine a VR game where the castle walls or forest trees were actually located where your home's walls and furniture are. So walking around virtual objects means you walk around actual objects.

Or, it could enable HoloLens-like mixed reality on the cheap by using the phone's camera and Tango's ability to locate things (virtual characters could appear to rest upon or hide behind tables, for example). In fact, one of the most impressive Microsoft demos of HoloLens involved a Minecraft experience that appeared to be happening in the real world. Tango engineers show off a similar demo via a tablet.

You could check out how furniture would look in your actual home before buying it. Or you could get an estimate of your home's square footage without actually measuring it.

You could also imagine a photo app that uses Tango's depth perception and distance measurement to simulate shallow depth of field while taking pictures.

These are just a few applications already envisioned. Once Tango tech is built into a large number of devices, the unpredictable imaginations of countless app developers will come up with ideas nobody's thought of yet.

Watch this space for future details about how Tango will watch your space.

 

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