Showing posts from May, 2017

Google Tango with Lowes

Well, that didn't take long. If you read my post yesterday about Google Tango getting mainstream and the use of it with advertisement, I think you will find the following article interesting. It looks like Lowes, not Walmart or Amazon, is one of the first to grab the reigns.

The in-store navigation is pretty cool.......and how the wheels are spinning. More for Tango Places tomorrow!

Google Tango is actually real, not just augmented.

If you are like me, you have been anticipating Google's Tango for its seems like years. It almost felt like we were already in a mixed reality, with promises and peep shows clouding our very real sense that we do not have this technology in hand. I even started this blog so I could start tracking all the latest news on Tango in one place and not be confused.

With news of the Zenfone AR being released in June or July of this year, it seems like we all are going to be able to get our hands on this soon. The Zenfone AR will be the second phone with Tango support, but the first to fully support Tango and Google Daydream. Which sounds fantastic!

There are plenty of articles you can find on this blog that have the specifications of the Zenfone AR and details on Tango and  Daydream, so I won't go into detail on that. I am very excited to see what all the developers will have for us. The Tango Constructor App has a lot of promise and so does the Google's Tango Places. I can imag…

ASUS' Tango-powered ZenFone AR will hit the US in July

The second Google Tango phone is the first one worth owning.

We already knew from Google I/O that ASUS' ZenFone AR, the second-ever Tango phone (and the first to also support Daydream), was getting close to its official launch, and that it's coming to the US as a Verizon exclusive this summer. Thankfully, we now know when people will actually be able to buy one. Right after ASUS' pre-Computex keynote today, I sat down with CEO Jerry Shen who revealed that this device will finally be launching in Taiwan in mid-June, followed by a US launch as soon as end of June or early July.

It's been six months since we last spent quality time with the ZenFone AR, and believe us: all the additional time spent on it has been worth it. According to ASUS' own tests, out of the 100+ existing Tango AR apps, about 40 to 50 of them now run stably on the ZenFone AR, and the list is expected to grow as more apps are updated for Android Nougat. Shen added that the number of Tango apps is exp…

Google's augmented reality project is the coolest thing it showed off this week

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google wants to turn your phone into an augmented reality machine. Augmented reality, or AR, is the concept of layering digital images on top of the real world. If you've played Pokémon Go or used a Snapchat Lens, then you've already experienced AR to one degree. Google has one of the most powerful mobile AR tools with Tango, a project that has been years in the making and sprung out of itssecretive product division called ATAP. Today, Tango is getting closer to running on a wide variety of powerful Android phones and the company showed off the platform's latest capabilities at its annual I/O conference this week. Here's a quick look at what Tango can do today, and some hints at what it'll be able to do in the future as it comes to more devices.

Tango won't work on just any phone. It requires a lot of processing power and an array of special cameras and sensors. This Asus phone is equipped with everything you need to run Tango. Eventually, …

Google's three-step plan to make you love VR

Google's three-step plan to make you love VR Like search and advertising before it, Google is setting the stage to dominate VR and AR by going all-in on mobile.

Three years ago, Google debuted Cardboard, a clever sub-$20 DIY kit that turned nearly any phone into a VR viewer. It was brilliantly simple -- so cheap and universal that The New York Times eventually gave it away for free to its print subscribers. And it worked as a smart counterpoint to the high-end PC-based VR hardware from Oculus, which had been acquired by Facebook just two months earlier.

What a difference three years makes. From those humble beginnings, Google is now pursuing a multifront war on the augmented and virtual reality front: its Daydream View VR headsets, introduced in 2016, turn phones into head-mounted VR viewers; a separate class of "Tango" phones incorporate advanced augmented reality cameras for overlaying digital objects onto the real world; and -- as of last week's IO developers confe…

Inside Google Tango's augmented reality dreams

Inside Google Tango's augmented reality dreams

Tango phones show off the true potential of an augmented world.

Google Tango is an AR technology that has been around since last year, but a new educational initiative called Expeditions AR is aiming for the classoom with a selfie stick.

Tango-equipped phones can create AR experiences that accurately measure depth and place objects in space: here, we explore the solar system

Using a selfie stick means the phone can lifted up and around, exploring all

The Gap has an app that lets anyone see clothing on a virtual mannequin, projected into the room like a store model. You can't virtually try clothing on yourself (yet).

Tango Constructor is an app that scans any space and creates a 3D mapping with realistic dimensions and photolike textures.

Once the mapped space is made, tap the VR goggle icon and you can see the 3D model in VR. The Asus ZenFone AR (seen here) handles Tango and Daydream VR at once


The Sims Freeplay, by EA, generates …

Tango finds a new home in the classroom

Google's Project Tango finds a new home in the classroom
IMAGE: KARISSA BELL/MASHABLE BY KARISSA BELLMAY 17, 2017 Google is bringing its room-sensing augmented reality tech to the classroom. Two years after bringing VR field trips into schools with its Expeditions program, the company is expanding the project to include a new type of lesson: augmented reality. The augmented-reality lessons, which are powered by Google's Project Tango technology, will work much the same way as their VR counterparts. Except, instead of taking students on VR "field trips" teachers will be able to place 3D objects around their classrooms for students to explore. "In a lot of ways, what we learned from VR has really led us here," says Ben Schrom, product manager for Expeditions. "VR is an amazing way to let you feel like you're in a different place, but it kind of leaves you wanting to interact with objects in the scene." By incorporating Project Tango into the mix,…

Google Daydream’s Star Wars VR Experience Touts PC-level Graphics on Mobile

Google Daydream’s Star Wars VR Experience Touts PC-level Graphics on Mobile by VENTUREBEAT • MAY 21ST, 2017The benefit of a tethered, desktop-powered virtual reality setup is that you can get significantly more visual fidelity from a PC with a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card plugged into a power outlet as opposed to the tiny, battery-powered GPU in a phone. But Google is claiming that could change.Google has developed a technology called Seurat that makes it easier to render lifelike, highly detailed 3D environments on a mobile VR headset. While companies like Nvidia and Qualcomm have beefed up the graphics capabilities of smartphones in recent years, those tiny chips still lag behind massive PC cards. But instead of trying to brute force pixels onto its Daydream headsets with more power, Google is using software to enable developers to render beautiful scenes in real time. And Hollywood effects house Industrial Light and Magic’s experimental division, ILMxLab, has already used Seurat …

Verizon will sell the Asus Zenfone AR Tango-infused smartphone

Verizon will sell the Asus Zenfone AR Tango-infused smartphone
Vlad 24 May 2017 AsusAndroidVerizonARTango Asus unveiled the Zenfone AR back at CE

A new phone with Project Tango built in

A new phone with Project Tango built in A render of the Asus Zenfone AR.Asus Okay, so the Asus ZenFone AR doesn't strictly belong on this list — it's a smartphone made by Asus, not Google. But it's worth paying attention to because of the camera tech it's packing. It's the second phone to come with Project Tango — augmented reality tech developed by Google. Its cameras can map the physical space around you and insert virtual objects, whether that's enemies in games or virtual furniture you're thinking of buying. Project Tango — and AR more generally — is still niche. But it's gradually moving towards the mainstream as the tech needed to support it becomes more sophisticated. The ZenFone AR has a 5.7-inch display, significantly smaller than the mammoth 6.4-inch screen that was needed on the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the first Android phone to incorporate Project Tango technology. It will also come out this summer.

Two reasons to Tango: Augmented reality gets fun at Google I/O

Two reasons to Tango: Augmented reality gets fun at Google I/OBY FLORENCE ION
There are plenty of practical applications for AR, not to mention entertaining ones, and Google's objective is to uncover them all. Augmented reality's proliferation is slowly picking up pace. But with the way Google had it exhibited at Google I/O, you would have thought it was already as ubiquitous and commonly referred as other technologies we've come to rely on. It's not there yet, but Google would certainly like it to be. Here are four examples of where the company sees augmented reality in the real world, and where it thinks it application could truly classify it as a utility. Tango Constructor Realtors, contractors, or anyone looking to undergo a massive remodel, you might find the Tango Constructor app to be right up your alley. It's an experimental development tool made to show off how Tango-enabled devices can capture three-dimensional models of different surroundings. The models…