Tag Archive: Tango


Creative Director of Ghostwire Tokyo has left Tango Gameworks

From The Evil Within to the upcoming Ghostwire Tokyo, Ikumi Nakamura has been with Tango Gameworks. Now, she’s announced that she is leaving.

What you need to know Ikumi Nakamura has worked at Tango Gameworks, a studio that is part of Bethesda Softworks, for several years. Over her career, she’s worked as Lead Concept Artist on games like The Evil Within She was announced as the Creative Director for Ghostwire Tokyo at E3 2019. Today, Ikumi revealed  [Read More…]

Google discontinuing support for Tango

Project Tango, later just called Tango, was an augmented reality system designed for mobile use. You could buy tablets and even phones supporting the technology, though the tech never really went mainstream (it was used by researchers).

I use the word “was” because Google has announced that support for Tango is being shut down on March 1 of 2018. This is due to Google ARCore replacing it as Google’s new AR system. Hopefully this one will actually take off.

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ARCore v1.0 release in ‘the coming months’, Project Tango support ending

Developer Preview 2 for ARCore is also here.

Google first launched ARCore this past August as its first widely available augmented reality platform following its dabblings with Project Tango, and although we’ve yet to see the true potential of the platform, things like the recently released AR Stickers give a promising glimpse into ARCore’s future.

The second Developer Preview for ARCore doesn’t introduce any radical changes, but there are three main improvements that are the focus of  [Read More…]

What’s the difference between Tango and ARCore?

Google has one Augmented Reality platform, but it comes in two great flavors.

Techies have been getting very excited about Augmented Reality over the last year, from discussions surrounding why Pokémon Go continues to be so popular to the recent excitement developers have drummed up with Apple’s ARKit platform. Naturally, Google fans look at something like ARKit almost mockingly. These demonstrations pale in comparison to Tango, the fully spatially aware platform from Google’s [x] division. And yet,  [Read More…]

Google’s Tango and Apple’s ARKit approach augmented reality from opposite sides

If you ask half the tech world right now, Apple is on the verge of inventing augmented reality.

While some degree of eye-rolling is appropriate, it is true that ARKit is going to accomplish something special by being available on such a large number of phones and tablets with nothing more than a software update. It’s the kind of thing that gets Android owners wondering why Google didn’t go this route, choosing instead to invest so heavily  [Read More…]

ASUS’ Tango and Daydream-ready ZenFone AR debuts in India

World’s first smartphone with 8GB of RAM lands in India.

When ASUS unveiled the ZenFone AR earlier this year, it became the first phone to feature 8GB of RAM. It’s also the first device that can handle both Tango and Daydream — Google’s AR and VR platforms. The ZenFone AR is now available for sale in India for ₹49,999 ($ 775), with the device exclusively sold on Flipkart.

The ZenFone AR has a 23MP primary camera  [Read More…]

Two reasons to Tango: Augmented reality gets fun at Google I/O

There are plenty of practical applications for AR, not to mention entertaining ones, and Google’s objective is to uncover them all.

Augmented reality’s proliferation is slowly picking up pace. But with the way Google had it exhibited at Google I/O, you would have thought it was already as ubiquitous and commonly referred as other technologies we’ve come to rely on.

It’s not there yet, but Google would certainly like it to be. Here are four examples of where the  [Read More…]

Verizon will be the first U.S. carrier to sell a Tango phone

Verizon will sell the ASUS ZenFone AR later this summer, and that’s a great thing for AR.

Later this summer, Verizon will be the first U.S. carrier to sell a Tango-enabled device, which also happens to be the second ever phone to support Google’s nascent augmented reality platform.

During a VR keynote at Google I/O, Johnny Lee, program lead for Tango, confirmed that the ASUS ZenFone AR will be coming to Verizon later in the summer, and  [Read More…]

Google’s Tango Visual Positioning Service is like an indoor GPS

Google’s Daydream VR platform got a lot of love on the Google I/O stage, but the company has some intriguing plans for augmented reality (AR) as well. That includes what Google is calling its Tango Visual Positioning Service (VPS), a sort of AR GPS for the indoors.

As Google VP of Virtual Reality Clay Bavor noted on stage, AR is most useful when tightly coupled with the real world, which is exactly what Tango VPS does. Working with  [Read More…]

Google brings AR to museums with Tango

Tango museum experience

Restore color to ancient artworks, or see inside an ancient Egyptian mummy

Google has announced a new venture to bring augmented reality to museums around the world, starting with the Detroit Institute of Art. Google’s Tango program for phone-based AR will make its way to the DIA through the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and a new AR experience built by GuidiGO, a developer which previously built tour apps for Google  [Read More…]