The world’s first augmented reality smartphone to be available commercially will be released by Lenovo in 2016. Lenovo has developed the smartphone by collaborating with Google. The development platform of Project Tango is the base of the smartphone. Consumers will be able to get this smartphone at a price which is under $500.
A Quick Recap about Project Tango
You might already be aware of Project Tango. It uses a combination of cameras and sensors so that the devices of Project Tango can track motion, sense depth and identify the world around them. All this is possible with augmented reality technology. Apart from AR applications, Project Tango can also allow functionality like indoor maps, that too without the requirement of GPS.
A Bit about Lenovo’s Project Tango Phone
Project Tango Lead Johnny Lee said about the partnership “With Project Tango, the smartphone becomes a magic window into the physical world by enabling it to perceive space and motion that goes beyond the boundaries of a touch screen. By working with Lenovo, we’ll be able to make Project Tango more accessible to users and developers all over the world to both enjoy and create new experiences that blends the virtual and real world.”
The Vice President at Lenovo, Jeff Meredith said at CES “We locked arms with Google to bring out a consumer device based on Tango.” He added “We are extremely proud of where we are at this stage of the effort. We don’t want this to be a niche technology.”
It is too early to get more details about the Project Tango smartphone of Lenovo. As of now, the company has only displayed a prototype’s image. The final design is not yet available and the exact timing of the launch hasn’t also been fixed.
The smartphone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Meredith hopes that the technology will have a long life. The smartphone’s screen size will be below 6.5 inches, when measured diagonally.
Meredith said that over 5,000 developers are already working to develop apps for this smartphone. Google has launched a developer search initiative to get more apps and it will continue till 15th February.
Once the augmented reality smartphone launches, it will be clear how consumers accept it.
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