Project Tango

Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple's latest acquisition once again tips their involvement in the virtual reality industry. Apple has been tipped - and essentially confirmed - to have acquired FlyBy Media, a group that has their hand in Indoor Mapping, Automotive (autonomous navigation), Drones (autonomous flight), and both virtual reality and augmented reality. They've worked with Google on Project Tango, a futuristic smartphone-based 3D-mapping system that'll tie in with virtual reality in the near future.

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Why Google’s Project Tango is a total game changer

Why Google’s Project Tango is a total game changer

Lenovo announces a Lenovo Tango device, using Google Tango software and cameras that understand space and motion to create a next-gen phone. Today we're going to have a peek at a variety of ways in which Google's Project Tango is both mind-blowing and revolutionary. Inside this software and hardware combo, you'll see how your smart device (smartphone or tablet) will soon allow you to map your whole world, from the inside to the outside. From there, the fun begins.

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Lenovo reveals its Google Project Tango phone

Lenovo reveals its Google Project Tango phone

It isn't just Intel who's working on a Tango smartphone after all. Lenovo unexpectedly revealed, right in the middle of CES 2016, how it has been working with Google and Qualcomm for over a year to create its own spin on Project Tango. Powered by a still undisclosed Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, of course, the still unnamed device will launch sometime in summer, depending on how the design and development process turns out, and won't be bigger than 6.5 inches, which seems to be the standard size for a Tango smartphone.

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Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel has decided that this week, amid the masses of information being released on all manner of CES 2016 devices, they'd release a phone too. This device isn't just any phone, of course, it's a developer-aimed device - which means they aren't aiming to sell them in droves, by any means. Instead, Intel's device is meant to be sold to developers who will then use the capabilities of the device to create their own unique applications for the near future, complete with Google Tango action.

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Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

As of Q1 2016, Google will have officially teamed up with Lenovo to bring Project Tango to the public. The how and the when of the project will be revealed at the special event, but for now, we're pumped up about CES. There we'll undoubtedly see more of this collaboration, including word on whether or not this means Google will move forward with Project Tango with Windows or whether Lenovo will integrate Tango technology in to one of their Android devices. If so, where does this leave Motorola?

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Intel Tango phone hands-on: Android RealSense

Intel Tango phone hands-on: Android RealSense

Intel's RealSense 3D camera technology always seemed like a natural bedfellow with Google's Project Tango, and sure enough they've met up at IDF 2015. The Android phablet isn't expected to ship for developers until the end of the year, but Intel brought along a handful of prototypes - along with some apps to make use of them - to its annual event, which is where I caught up with the smartphones to see what's new.

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Project Tango tablet finally goes international

Project Tango tablet finally goes international

For the first time since it debut as a skunkworks project last year, Google is officially bringing the Project Tango tablet to more countries worldwide. That, however, doesn't mean that it's exactly going to be for sale for consumers, only that researchers and tinkerers in other countries won't have to bend over backwards just to get their hands on one. This opens up what is practically a very polished development device to more hands and minds, which will hopefully push Google's "crowdsourced" computer vision research even further.

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LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

The next Nexus smartphone has been tipped this week with a 3D camera akin to Google's Project Tango device line. Two Nexus smartphones have been tipped to be released this year, both with Android M under the hood. One, a relatively normal Nexus device with low cost and a vanilla edition of Android, made by Huawei. The other, an LG-made Nexus device with a 3D camera - not as cheap, but still running the next version of Android nonetheless. The LG-made smartphone won't necessarily be called "Nexus" - it might be released on completely different terms.

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Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

While both units remain "developer units", Google has announced that Project Tango is prepared now as a tablet for the public and as a phone with Qualcomm inside. The Project Tango Developer Kit tablet will be available from the Google Store as early as this afternoon to all buyers. It'll have the same price as it did for developers most recently (reduced from the original, of course), for a cool $512 USD. This kit will use an NVIDIA K1 processor inside while another phone-sized device is currently in development. This phone-sized device will have Qualcomm's processor technology running the show.

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Project Tango tablet now available to everyone

Project Tango tablet now available to everyone

Google I/O starts in less than a day but Google is still doing some strange spring cleaning, so to speak. It has just opened up its "experimental" Project Tango tablet to everyone, allowing anyone to buy the powerful yet odd mobile device without the need for any invite. That is, of course, if you have the money to spare, as the device does still cost a hefty $512. Which isn't really bad, considering that it was originally priced at $1024 (geeks probably love those numbers) up until last month.

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Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google I/O 2015 tipped to be another send-off point for Google Cardboard, the company's virtual reality pre-brand. The stars are aligned. It's time for Google to treat Cardboard - and the virtual reality community in general - like the sleeping tiger it really is. This week at Google I/O 2015, Google is likely to reveal far more than they did last year, when the VR headset Google Cardboard was given away with barely a word on what it was capable of doing. This platform is about to blow open.

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