Lenovo unveiled the much-anticipated smartphone based on Tango, a technology developed by tech giant Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. . Tango lets the smartphone sense and map its surroundings. The PHAB2 Pro is world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone. The device will bring augmented reality (AR) to the smartphones. Johnny Lee, Engineering Director at Google, said Tango enables devices to sense physical motion and space. This will changing “how we interact with our surroundings.” PHAB2 Pro is also the first Lenovo-branded phone to be sold in the U.S.
How Smartphone Visualizes And Understands Surrounding
The Lenovo PHAB2 is a premium smartphone which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. Snapdragon processor performs demanding computer vision processing with a suite of key modules including a DSP, ISP and integrated sensor hub. The Snapdragon heterogeneous computing platform is optimally balanced for a Tango workload and is designed for all-day use. The Snapdragon 652 processor also quickly processes and time stamps all the rich sensor data simultaneously received from multiple camera sensors, gyro and accelerometer. This results in a fast, smooth augmented reality experience.
Using PHAB2 Pro, homeowners can remodel their homes by visualizing real home furnishings in their living rooms and kitchens. Home improvement company Lowe’s developed a Tango-enabled application, called Lowe’s Vision. The app allows customers to measure spaces and visualize how products will all look and fit together in a room.
According to Lenovo, core technologies that brings Tango experiences to life include motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. The phone, through motion tracking, sees its own location in 3D. Area learning tells the smartphone its location. Depth perception lets the device analyze the shape of the world around it by detecting surfaces and obstacles. As a result, the smartphone can visualize and understand its surrounding objects and environment via sensors that capture more than 250,000 measurements a second.
“Put simply, we wanted to take what was an amazing concept and transform it into a commercially viable mobile device,” said Jeff Meredith of Lenovo. “From the moment we saw Tango, we knew it could become pervasive, just like GPS. However, to truly make the PHAB2 Pro a game-changer, we developed it at an affordable price for mainstream consumers, delivering not just a bleeding-edge phone, but an all-around fantastic phone that’s first to market.”
The Lenovo PHAB2 will be sold at $199, beginning September.
Google Dives Into Artificial Intelligence
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is reputed as having one of the most artificial intelligence infrastructure globally. Its wide reach via its Chrome browser and Android mobile operating system means its influence runs deep. The main issue is whether the company can really find the right mix to convert these enviable advantages into the next in-demand product. This is the question most attendees at the company’s annual I/O developer conference.
In his response, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he thinks the consumer technology industry is heading towards AI technologies such as machine learning. This means newer products and services are expected to have some degree of intelligence. This concept is commonly referred to as smart consumer technology.