Google, Lenovo to unveil Project Tango devices at CES 2016

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Workers pass by a sign outside the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 5, 2016.
Workers pass by a sign outside the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 5, 2016. Reuters/Rick Wilking

Google and Lenovo have shared a teaser hinting the announcement concerning Project Tango on Jan. 7 at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The teaser reads, “Mobile devices should see and navigate the world, the way we do.”

In the year 2014, Google announced its Project Tango which uses a combination of dual rear cameras and sensors, enabling a smartphone or tablet to figure out its location in the 3D world. Basically users can walk around and map their own location in 3D.

The search giant has now joined hands with Lenovo to bring in new gadgets in 2016. However, there isn’t much information on what devices, related to Project Tango Lenovo intends to unveil at the trade show.

Project Tango, created by Google's Advanced Technology And Projects group is an imaging technology using combinations of various sensors and generates spatial awareness for the phone. The sensors can see the environment around the user. The concept has been developed by a team led by Johnny Lee, a human-computer interaction researcher, best known for his contribution in the development of Kinect.  

Last year, Google launched a tablet development kit using Project Tango. The 7-inch slate which features a 1080p display was run by NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 SoC with a quad-core CPU paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. According to Phone Arena, the device was shipped with a price tag of US$1024 (AU$1441).

In late 2014, Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility from Google. However, the search giant retained the much hyped Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group of the mobile firm, as reported by The Verge.

Project Ara is a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones was then integrated with Google's Android team. On the other hand, Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group led by Regina Dugan came under Sundar Pichai.

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