Augmented Reality: Explore Real-World Tools from Google
If your smartphone easily showcases real-world environment in one small screen and blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing your feelings, you’re the one among millions of users who is familiar with the augmented reality. This new technology is changing the way we view our world. In case you are somewhere you don’t know, just using augmented reality map you will be guided with helpful tips and informative graphics. These enhancements will be refreshed continually to reflect the movements along the streets. AR continued to draw more interesting games and applications.
Following the latest Google’s news, it’s is diving deeper into virtual reality. Not far ago company announced Daydream, a VR platform built on top of Android N. Nevertheless Google doesn’t fall behind the augmented reality changes. They has recently formed a new virtual reality unit with center around digital information and images being overlaid next to a real-world view. They officially announced to develop Project Glass — a pair of augmented reality glasses that seek to provide users real-time information right in front of their eyes.
Google Glass has voice input to make everything more interesting. Build-in microphone combined with Google Now connects you directly to the search engine. Sounds like something unbelievable, but Google Glass can also keep users memory in pictures or videos to let you live a moment. You don’t need to tune the settings of the photo apps, just let the moment go without a single snap. Ask Google to take a photo and it’ll capture the exact moment you see. Amazing thing, right?
That’s not all. Google Glasses will record every single moment, it can also act as a webcam with the data connection from your home or smartphone. Use Google Hangout for a group conference, and still do what you need to do without being confined to a desk.
For example after Google presented Google Glass a lot of companies now try to copy off this thing with more advantages and opportunities. Google Glass itself is wearable computer with head-mounted display. The main idea of such interesting construction is to open access to the Internet and computer anywhere and anytime without handy tools. Google packed its tool with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, speakers, a camera, microphone, touchpad and possibly a gyroscope that detects head-tilts. Since it’s built with a GPS chip, you will be able to navigate, with help from Google Maps. This will take away the need to look down at your smartphone and it will be especially handy when you are driving, when you’re walking through crowded streets or when you’re hiking through the countryside.
Speaking about design and overlook, Google is going to sign a partnering contract with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker to allow customers to try on the device.
Not far ago we all were impressed with a new augmented reality project from Google.
Discover new machine learning technology to explore how your home would look after you’ve added a new piece of furniture. With the help of Tango’s computer vision, 3D-motion tracking, customers are able to see overview of their home in real time with all future changes. Simply walk around a single room or a whole home holding Android device and rearrange your apartment. New objects in your room will be seeing from different angles for better imagination.
The idea itself was born last summer when Festa built a proof-of-concept app during a company hack-a-thon. Soon it turned into development as a great part of the official Wayfair Tango app in January. The main focus was on the app which will be able to work on two-dimensional screen device as an augmented reality application where users see real world with artificial content.
The main thing to create Tango was to help people visualize online buying. For example, using and Internet for online shopping customers get the measurements and dimensions for a product with no sense of space needed to locate it. Customers want to see real size and assess how good or bad it will be indoors. In this case, you can see what a 3-foot-wide love seat looks like in your space, and you can make a more informed decision.
Tango is not just a simple example of using augmented reality it is a real advanced future technology. It can be used by enterprises to give their customers a much better feel for their products and even services. Architects and contractors will be able to show how a new addition will blend into their existing home. Retails will show the overlook of the particular outfit straight on you. Tango was first announced in 2014 as a project which uses sensor technologies to proceed information without GPS or additional signals. The next Google’s mobile OS version will have incorporated basic Tango APIs.
Another announcement is for Lenovo’s users on the annual Tech World conference, to meet Lenovo Phab2 which is designed to work with Google’s Tango technology. New smartphone is equipped with cameras and sensors to map 3D space. For the first view it seems usual thing to have Tango, but nevertheless Phab2 has the ability to accurately map your environment, so you could have live navigation overlays.
Google’s website called Project Tango suggests a few ways the tech could come in handy:
- Tool. “Measure your surroundings with 3D tools, then re-imagine them with virtual furniture, appliances and more,” its website says.
- Games. “Bring virtual objects into your world — from toys to planets to pets — and play with them like they’re actually there.”
- AR viewer. Tango’s augmented reality could add another layer to shops and museums by showing more information to those who want it.