Google and Lenovo made a joint announcement yesterday at CES 2016 which gives Lenovo the first crack at making Project Tango hardware. Both companies were thin on the full details but a few key points stuck out during the press conference. First off, Lenovo is aiming at a summer 2016 global release of the new Project Tango device. Second, the price is not set but Lenovo says they will keep it under $500.
The device will be running Android with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and is said to be around 6.5″ tall, so expect this to run in the Motorola Nexus 6 size. Of course all the Google Project Tango goodies will be onboard, and the renders of the device look like a cellphone so we’re assuming all regular cellphone functionality will be there a well.
They demoed some bits and pieces in the Project Tango software like measuring the size of a room to place furniture and appliances in it. Google is also working with Lowe’s to provide an app that will allow you to do this on the new device.
Speaking of apps, Lenovo is also working with Google on an “App Incubator” program to start allowing developers to submit their apps and ideas for Project Tango apps to them.
The renders of the new device look slick and Google tapped Lenovo because they wanted a hardware partner who could make the device slim and easy to hold. They explained that the Project Tango camera is a bit more complex than a normal camera and requires a few more layers of hardware. This is why the existing Project Tango hardware has a big camera hump. According to Lenovo, they will be able to make the camera thin enough to fit inside this chassis.
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