Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
AI Android Google Operating Systems Software Hardware Technology

Google Is Shutting Down Project Tango (androidpolice.com) 37

Google announced that it is ending support for Project Tango, the company's first attempt to bring a solid augmented-reality experience to the average user. The project used an array of cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas, causing the devices support Tango to be relatively large and expensive. Android Police reports: The first Tango device put into production was the "Peanut" phone, which was given to early access partners in 2014. Then came the "Yellowstone" 7-inch tablet, which was initially sold for $1,024 before a massive price drop to $512. The only other devices with Project Tango were the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, which wasn't a very good phone to start off with, and the ZenFone AR. This move isn't entirely surprising, now that Google is working on a software-only solution called ARCore. Not only is ARCore similar to Tango in functionality, but it doesn't require specialized hardware like Tango does.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Google Is Shutting Down Project Tango

Comments Filter:
  • First AIM goes offline and now this?! I haven't been this surprised by upsetting news since I lost all my money in the bitcoin crash on January 7, 2018! [youtube.com] ;)

  • Chasing after every shiny fad. The only thing they can really pay attention to is hoovering up PI and going on jihads against engineers who dare to say men and women are carbon copies of each other.
    • by Jarwulf ( 530523 )

      Chasing after every shiny fad. The only thing they can really pay attention to is hoovering up PI and going on jihads against engineers who dare to say men and women are carbon copies of each other.

      *aren't*

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      The more VR spread, the more apparent it became how biological incompatible it is with the majority of people. Sure a bit of fun but for the majority, using it for hours, yeah, nah and or some not at all, nauseatingly impossible and that was bound to game style, some much worse than others. Pretty good guide, would be numbers for sea sicknesses and not tiny waves, but big sustained waves, "Roughly one third of the population are highly susceptible to motion sickness and most of the rest may get motion sickn

      • The more VR spread, the more apparent it became how biological incompatible it is with the majority of people.

        Project Tango wasn't about VR. It was somewhat about AR, but not very much, or perhaps it's more precise to say that AR was a stretch goal. Mostly it was about 3D mapping of the environment.

        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          AR is still a good idea, again eliminating motion and adding information to the environment, control is awkward, corporations can simply not be trusted and the wrong image at the wrong time will cause accidents, then the is the threat of subliminal imaging. Still a good idea if done right, for a start people could always be wearing what are properly fitted protective glasses, you protect you feet, why wouldn't you protect you eyes. The best thing is a smart phone in your pocket you never need to take it, ba

    • You didn't read the summary. Google isn't abandoning the goals of project Tango, just the approach. They think they can do it with typical cameras and software, rather than needing specialized hardware.

  • What's with today's joke line at the bottom at the page?

    ""Paul Lynde to block..." -- a contestant on "Hollywood Squares""

    Paul Lynde was always at the center square of the tic-tac-toe board, so he was almost always picked first. It would have been extremely rare for him to be picked to be a block.

    Wally Cox - Now there's your solid blocking move.

  • Does anybody know whether that means existing Tango-based applications will stop working, or just that you won't be able to record new environments anymore, or even just that there will be no more updates/support effort? (I am not very familiar with it, don't know if it does any server-side stuff or is all processing in the device.)

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.

Working...