Project Tango is a project launched in 2014 by Google ATAP that aims at creating 3D map of your environment using 3D motion tracking with depth sensing for tracking your movements in 3D, precise and quick measurements, augmented reality and more. The first Project Tango development kit was a tablet based on Nvidia TegraK1, but Google recently announced that Lenovo planned to launch the first consumer smartphone with the technology.
Beside the announcement that there are going to make a phone, the company did not provide many other details so far, but it should feature a screen smaller than 6.5″ and cost less than $500. The main reason Google posted about this before CES 2016 was probably to reach out to developers who can submit the app idea to be features on the first Tango phone by February 16, 2015 with the following materials:
- Project schedule including milestones for development
- Visual mockups of your idea including concept art
- Smartphone app screenshots and videos, such as captured app footage
- Appropriate narrative including storyboards, etc.
- Breakdown of your team and its members
- One pager introducing your past app portfolio and your company profile
Selected developers will be contacted by March 15, 2016. You can submit your proposal (not anymore – 2019) on Project Tango’s App Incubator. Eventually, more details should become available on Lenovo’s Project Tango smartphone page (not anymore – 2019).
Intel also unveiled a smartphone development kit featuring a RealSense camera with support for RealSense and Project Tango SDKs.
Intel RealSense Smartphone developer kit specifications:
- SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad core processor with Intel HD graphics
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 64GB flash
- Display – 6″ touschscreen QHD Display (2560×1440)
- Intel RealSense Camera ZR300 with a [email protected] depth camera and wide FOV Camera(VGA with >160o FOV) & high precision IMU for feature tracking
- 2MP front facing and 8MP rear facing RGB cameras
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 802.11 WIFI, and 3G
- Video Output – HDMI
- USB – USB 3.0
- Dimensions 83.9mm x 164.8mm x 8.9mm
The smartphone will run a recent version of Android operating system.
The development kit can be reserved now with a credit card (United States only), and will be billed for $399 once the kit is ready to ship. When that is Intel does not say.
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