Google's project Tango is among the company's most ambitious tech endeavors of late. And with the first Tango end user device, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, already a reality, Google and its hardware partner - Qualcomm are naturally planning for the future.
As you might recall, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 is the chip that powers the Lenovo smartphone and is thus the company's first Tango-capable chipset on the market. But, as you can imagine, the mobile hardware giant won't stop there. Today, it announced that all future Snapdragon 600 and 800 series chips will also have Tango support.
That definitely makes sense, since both lineups currently share the same basic hardware and design platform, fully capable of processing the data streams from all of the Tango sensors, including gyroscope, accelerometer and a total of three cameras - a conventional one, a fisheye one for motion tracking and a depth sensing one. Both lineups also include a highly accurate integrated global high-frequency clock, crucial for properly timestamping the captured data for smooth playback.
Also, since the majority of Tango optimizations on Qualcomm's part seem to be on the software side, the company has also announced that its current top-tier Snapdragon 820 chip will also support Tango. Although, we believe that only relates to future implementations, as the necessary software tweaks are unlikely to come over the air.
If you are not exactly sure what Project Tango is, or how it can be of use to you, here's the quick rundown. It boils down to accurate spacial awareness on a mobile device, which allows it to 3D map its environment and also navigate around it precisely, indoors, without technologies like GPS, among other things. Theoretical implications for Tango are numerous and quite varied, to say the least, which is why the technology could hold great promise for the future.
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