lenovo first to introduce google’s project tango AR hardware with phab2 pro
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for the past three years, google’s ‘project tango’ team has been working to help devices understand physical space and motion more like people do. together with lenovo, they’re taking the next step with the first ‘tango’ enabled smartphone – ‘phab2 pro’. 


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‘tango’ helps users answer a new set of questions about their world through specialized sensors and apps that map its surroundings to create an augmented reality (AR) experience. for example, students can place true scale virtual dinosaurs in their classrooms and enhance their learning through AR overlays that appear while they walk around the creatures.

tango hardware sensors 



‘tango enables our devices to sense physical motion and space and, as a result, has the power to change how we interact with our surroundings. we believe that devices with positional tracking functionality will be pervasive and are happy that the phab2 pro will introduce these new capabilities, making your phone even more useful,’ says johnny lee, engineering director at google.

the ‘phab2 pro’ in two colors



three core technologies bring ‘project ‘tango’ experiences to life: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. through the motion tracking, the ‘phab2 pro’ can see 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. it can visualize and understand its surrounding objects and environment via sensors that capture more the 250,000 measurements a second. 

the phone map its surroundings to create an augmented reality



it’s powered by the qualcomm ‘snapdragon 652’ processor, which brings efficient hardware integration and processing, leading, 4G LTE connectivity and a QHD display apable of optimizing image quality based on ambient lighting and content.

a screen shot of the AR

the QHD display