The Google-Qualcomm Tango tablet has already become available for users to buy from any Google store nearby and everything you’ve heared and hoped about it, is true!
So far, only a handful of people have managed to get their hands on the brain child of Google and Qualcomm and most of them are developer working on improving smartphones altogether.
The tablet functioning on Android OS has an NVIDIA K1 processor and features a 7.02″ 1920×1200 HD IPS display. The Tango tablet kit also allows users to equip a tone of sensors on it and Google has agreed to sell it to users for the same price that they sold it to developers earlier this year when the Tango tablet was revealed. The price is $512.
Ever since news broke that Google and Qualcomm are working on developing portable devices that feature augmented reality, users have been dying to get their hand on the kits.
However, what really interests most buyers is the possibility of making the Tango smartphone kit available to every augmented reality fan in the world.
Although, it was announced that the Tango phone kit project has been scrapped, we have strong reasons to believe that the project is in fact, back on the table. The Tango Project smartphone will operate of course on an Android OS and will be equipped with 3D sensors, kind of like ones that exist on Kinect.
The sensors will track and draw the area surrounding the user and will function much better than the Kinect sensors because it will be backed up by Movidius Myriad 1 processor. This processor allows the Tango phone to track your moves better and map up you environment in depth without draining the phone’s battery life.
The new smartphone kit might allow users to equip indoor navigation for their device and will also feature games that allow the person to immerse into augmented reality.
The brains behind the Tango smartphone have said that they have gave it their all to make their device as human like as possible when it comes to understanding the environment, basically they wanted to teach the phone to see the environment just like a human being would see it.
It makes sense for smartphone developers to switch their attentions to augmented reality seeing as this is the new trend that users demand and although the idea that a mobile phone could be used for this types of activity has not been put into practice yet, the question of augmented reality on our phones is not a matter of ”if”, but more of ”when”.
And the answer to the question ”When will we have augmented reality on our smartphones?” is soon, very soon in fact.
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