Hands on with Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro Tango augmented reality phone
Long a leader in outdoor mapping and location-based solutions like Maps and Street View, Google has wanted to break new ground by innovating in indoor navigation and location-aware applications. It has been teasing the market with several iterations of its Project Tango (now just called Tango) technology — but ones that were only available to developers. That changed with Lenovo officially revealing the first Tango-enabled consumer device, the Phab2 Pro smartphone. Lenovo and Google jointly their announced their intent to collaborate on a phone back at CES, but now I was able to try one out and run through the apps that are expected to ship with it.
Tango enables a whole new class of augmented reality apps
Apps include a “walk with dinosaurs” experience from the American Museum of Natural History that allows you to place, scale, and rotate dinosaurs in your room, a cool augmented reality domino game, an introduction demo, and an app that allows you to measure distances in your environment.
Lenovo is also partnering with Lowe’s home improvement company to offer an application that allows you to visualize remodeling and refurnishing a room. This is similar to existing applications from Ikea and others, but takes advantage of the Tango technology to automatically scale the room and the furniture.
Lenovo is clearly aiming the Phab2 Pro at consumers, but I’m a bit skeptical how many “regular folks” will want to haul around a phablet to use these additional capabilities. There is a lot of potential for AR-based gaming — like the domino game developed by Schell Games, so I do see a lot of families looking at one of these as an alternative to the more traditional iPad to keep their children occupied. I can also see a lot of potential for vertical applications in industry, real estate, and other markets — the way that Google Glass and various other existing AR devices have found a home there.
Source : extremetech