Google’s First Tango Device, or: The Age of Consumer 3D Imaging


We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Google’s Project Tango, an experimental hardware and software solution that brings 3D-sensing abilities to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, has graduated from a “project” into a full-grown consumer product.

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the first smartphone to include Tango. It costs $500 and it will be available this summer.

The Phab 2 Pro is small and inexpensive compared to the technology we’ve been using for decades to perform 3D scanning. This means that nearly anyone can have 3D-scanning tech in their pocket, and that soon we’ll be flooded with devices that can understand where they are located in 3D space.

How do these devices work? What can a computer do once it understands where it is in 3D space? In this video, YouTubers Nat and Lo speak to members of Google’s Tango team and get some very clear (and technically precise) answers to those questions. Send it to your friends and relatives who are wondering why this Tango thing is such a big deal.

And welcome to the age of consumer 3D imaging.


About Author

SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals, and Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.

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