Smartphones have been showing a lot of promise when it comes to advancements in technology and some of them have done a wonderful job in offering perfect camera setups, offering super displays, and some working to bring you the perfect experience. And then, there are some technologies that are meant to be the future of smartphone industry and while the companies like Google are working to bring them to smartphones, the manufacturers have to be the early adopters to make them work. One of them is ASUS, bringing its ZenFone AR with the support for both, Google Tango and Daydream VR.
Let’s see how Tango Augmented Reality technology works on the ASUS ZenFone AR.
Tango is a set of sensors and computer vision software that gives ZenFone AR the ability to understand space and motion like humans do, which gives ZenFone AR augmented reality capabilities that feel positively futuristic. Tango adds motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning capabilities to ZenFone AR, so it can understand its motion as it moves through an area, detect how far away it is from the floor, walls, and objects, and see and remember the key visual features of a physical space in three-dimensional space.
So, it is the three cameras that are given here for the AR to work on the device.
1 – 23-megapixel regular camera
2 – Motion tracking camera (a fish eye camera)
3 – Depth sensing camera
The motion tracking camera on the smartphone lets it track its location as it moves through space. The depth-sensing camera has an IR projector that measures the phone’s distance from the different objects in the space. The large camera helps in getting a good view and detail of everything that you see.
The features included for the AR technology to work well are iStaging, Lowes, Matterport Scenes, Measure, and WayfairView.
We did get to play a couple of games, one of which was some fort in island being destroyed where you place the island, then attack with rocks from that place and it sets that up in an empty space in front of you. Another one was about placing home decorative items after it reads what all is already present and where there is adequate space to place the chair, sofa, ceiling light, etc.
The possibilities of Augmented reality are endless but Tango makes it possible on smartphones with the help of different cameras that are supposed to do the specific jobs.