No, we haven’t had a blast from the past with some orange flavoured fizzy drink… ACCEPT has followed Google’s Tango Project with great interest since its inception in 2014. The augmented reality platform aims to move beyond existing GPS technology to enable mobile platforms to directly detect their position relative to objects around them. The potential for this technology is enormous; enabling precise indoor navigation, 3D rendering, object recognition, and physical space measurement, in addition to creating a myriad of opportunities for both AR and VR software development.
As a result, this is a technology that the project consortium has been keen to integrate into ACCEPT development, having already trialled the Tango enabled Android™ 4.4 Tango Tablet Development Kit over the past 12 months as a viable platform for the project’s SiMa App software. After hands-on assessment of this technology, the consortium is in no doubt; this technology has the capacity to greatly complement the technology delivered by ACCEPT in providing on-site operators with a comprehensive suite of digital technologies to aid construction tasks and processes.
The consortium were therefore particularly excited by the announcement that Google would be launching a collaboration effort with Chinese Multinational Technology company Lenovo, to deliver the Tango technology packaged for the first time in a commercial available smartphone. Keen to test this technology within ACCEPT development, project representatives at Ingleton Wood LLP were quick to get their hands on a unit, which has already attracted considerable interest within colleagues at our Norwich office. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro utilises four integrated cameras to deliver the Tango technology, delivering immersive AR capabilities on a highly portable and functional platform. The conceivable possibilities of packaging such advanced technology is enormous, allowing users to undertake real-world measurement and interrogation, and AR visualisation via a technology already comfortably embedded in society’s consciousness and in everyday life.
We will be sure to keep you updated with developments and opinions as we test this exciting technology over the coming months!