1st Project Tango phone

1st Project Tango phone

Google and Lenovo teamed up to announce the first consumer ‘Project Tango’-enabled smartphone on Friday. Two of the tech industry’s biggest players have combined their know-how to answer one of the age old smartphone problems, showing off a 3D mapping technology that could allow for indoor navigation.

A central hindrance for Google Maps is its inability to tell you where you’re going while there is a roof overhead. Google’s Project Tango, a platform first revealed in 2014 that gives a form of computer vision to mobile devices, could solve all that. At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show, Lenovo joined the tech giant to announce they would be producing the first consumer phone with the technology.

Lenovo’s Tango-enabled phone doesn’t just produce an indoor maps app, but can create virtual environments based on your real time physical environment, taking in visual information in much the same way as the human eye (and brain). That data can then be crunched for informational, problem solving or augmented reality functions.