With mobile technology taking a focus this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Lenovo and Google are showing a Project Tango-enable phone and the first apps. Lenovo has taken over the development of the first consumer mobile device enabled with Project Tango. Scheduled for release this summer, the new Project Tango-enabled smartphone is a mobile device that will allow you to navigate the physical world, similarly to how we do as humans. Lenovo sees three important usage scenarios for Project Tango: location and navigation, gaming, and utility.
At MWC, Lenovo and Google are showing two new apps that put location and navigation abilities in action, using two apps made by GuidiGO and Glympse.
GuidiGO’s Project Tango app brings its stories to life in a new way - on your mobile device. Below you see the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona. It uses Project Tango’s augmented reality features to create your own personal tour guide – even showing you hidden details invisible to the naked eye. You can hold up your phone, choose a work of art, and follow the directions superimposed on the floor, as if a real person were guiding you up to it. Once you are at the painting, holding up your phone will show you virtual annotations on the painting.
Now Glympse makes it even easier to share your location. Using Project Tango's AR technology, Glympse is enhancing its indoor capabilities. Users who share their location with each other can now see through walls, floors and other obstructions to find each other in places like a museum. Simply hold up your Project Tango phone, and you'll see who's sharing their location with you.
Here’s a how it works:
Picture yourself in a room of an art museum. You're holding a smartphone loaded with the GuidiGO app – the app displays a map of the interior of the art museum with the specific paintings listed out. You're interested in one of the paintings on the map, so you click on that painting to get more information and directions to it. You're presented with the camera view of the room through your phone's screen - except it's actually a window into an augmented world with blue directional dots overlaid on the ground having formed the path leading to the painting you just picked. Once you arrive, GuidiGO marker pops up on your screen letting you know you made it, and you're presented with video content and virtual annotations about the piece.
Lenovo says that more gaming and utility apps and features are coming in the following months.