Google says Lenovo will release the first Project Tango-enabled phone for consumers later this summer. At CES 2016 this week, the two companies announced a partnership that will see Lenovo release a handset with Tango’s space-sensing superpowers. Why should consumers care?
Here’s how Google describes Project Tango:
Project Tango-enabled devices can recognize places they’ve been before, like your living room, the office, or public spaces. Unlike GPS, Project Tango motion tracking works indoors, allowing users to navigate precisely through a shopping mall, or even find a specific item at the store where that information is available.
In addition, Project Tango utilizes a series of sensors that allow devices to more accurately capture the 3D dimensions of a room, making it easier to—and I’m not making this up—buy furniture for your house (among other things, of course).
The first Project Tango-enabled phone will apparently cost under $500, and should be available globally when it’s released. Pretty soon everyone will be 3D-mapping their living spaces, and more precisely equipping their bedrooms with new IKEA furniture. The Project Tango device, according to both companies, will be “less than 6.5 inches” in size.
Before the phone is unleashed upon the world, developers are being encouraged to submit app ideas as part of the Project Tango App Incubator. Come up with something really snazzy, and your app could come pre-installed on the upcoming device out of the box.