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Google’s augmented reality project is the coolest thing it showed off this week

Google's augmented reality project is the coolest thing it showed off this week

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google wants to turn your phone into an augmented reality machine.
  • Augmented reality, or AR, is the concept of layering digital images on top of the real world.
  • Google has one of the most powerful mobile AR tools with Tango, a project that has been years in the making and sprung out of its secretive product division called ATAP.
  • Today, Tango is getting closer to running on a wide variety of powerful Android phones and the company showed off the platform’s latest capabilities at its annual I/O conference this week.
  • Here’s a quick look at what Tango can do today, and some hints at what it’ll be able to do in the future as it comes to more devices.

A look at how Google Tango is turning phones into augmented reality machines.

@businessinsider: Google’s augmented reality project is the coolest thing it showed off this week

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google wants to turn your phone into an augmented reality machine.

Augmented reality, or AR, is the concept of layering digital images on top of the real world. If you’ve played Pokémon Go or used a Snapchat Lens, then you’ve already experienced AR to one degree.

Google has one of the most powerful mobile AR tools with Tango, a project that has been years in the making and sprung out of its secretive product division called ATAP.

Today, Tango is getting closer to running on a wide variety of powerful Android phones and the company showed off the platform’s latest capabilities at its annual I/O conference this week.

Here’s a quick look at what Tango can do today, and some hints at what it’ll be able to do in the future as it comes to more devices.

Tango is cool, but still has a long way to go.

The ultimate vision for AR is to stuff it into a pair of computerized glasses and eventually replace your smartphone. You heard Facebook talk a lot about that a few weeks ago at its developers conference.

For now, AR is mostly stuck on the smartphone and will have limited use cases like education, gaming, or indoor mapping. Tango has partnered with Lowe’s hardware stores to map the locations of products for customers, for example.

Still, Google appears to be the furthest along when it comes to AR, and it’s only going to get bigger as Tango technology comes to more phones.

Google’s augmented reality project is the coolest thing it showed off this week

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