novo’s $499 ab2 o will be the first oject Tango AR smartphone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 9 Jun 2016

novo’s new ab2 o, developed with , brings augmented reality to smartphone screens without the need for a headset.

The device, which has a 6.4-inch screen, pushes smartphone functionality to new heights. The giant display presents a wealth of information that changes how people interact with the physical world around them.

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aying an augmented reality dominos game on novo’s ab2 o smartphone, which has  ‘s oject Tango vision computing technology.

The smartphone, based on ’s oject Tango computer vision technology, will ship worldwide in August, become available at retail in September, for $499, novo announced Thursday. It’s loaded with cutting-edge sensors, cameras, a Snapdragon 652 processor from Qualcomm.

The device can be used to measure distances, recognize items, map locations, provide real-time indoor navigation.

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Overlaying the solar system on novo’s ab2 o smartphone with ‘s oject Tango technology.

By integrating Tango in ab2 o, novo “can provide enhancements to everyday user experiences that will be so valuable that it’s almost second nature,” ff Meredith, vice president general manager of Android Chrome Computing at novo, said in an interview.

said ab2 o is the first oject Tango device, many more will come.

“th a Tango-enabled phone, you also have a toybox, a solar system, a pet shop in your pocket.  You can play with a huge set of dominoes, explore the planets, defend yourself from invading aliens, or feed your virtual dog all through your phone,” said.

One goal with ab2 o is to enhance indoor navigation, where G typically does not work well. In a museum, the smartphone could guide a user to a specific painting display information about the artist the work.

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Discovering a dinosaur via novo’s ab2 o smartphone with ‘s oject Tango.

The smartphone could also guide a person to a specific booth in a convention center, something conventional navigation systems can’t do.

Gaming will reach new heights on the Tango smartphone, Meredith said. Users can play augmented reality games by superimposing graphics on real-world backgrounds. Imagine playing a shooter game with the world around you as the background.

Someone remodeling their kitchen could superimpose pictures of furniture cabinets, in different colors, onto an image of the actual room. The ab2 o previews what the new kitchen would look like.

novo is partnering with home improvement retailers we’s yfair. th yfair’s app, for instance, you could use the ab2 o to preview new furniture for your living room.

The augmented reality is made possible by a unique set of hardware sensors in the smartphone. The hset establishes location contextual awareness by understing the device’s position, plus motion, images, location, Meredith said.

That input is delivered to special software tied to oject Tango installed in the hset, which runs the Android 6.0 OS.

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novo’s ab2 o is loaded with sensor cameras for augmented reality.

The back of the smartphone has a motion-tracking sensor, a fish-eye camera, a depth sensor, a regular RGB camera, which can provide a broad 150-degree view. The smartphone also has a 5-megapixel front camera.

The smartphone was announced earlier this year at CES by novo , but specifications weren’t finalized at the time. The companies started collaborating on oject Tango in mid-2015, they plan to bring computer vision to devices like virtual reality headsets, Meredith said.

novo is encouraging the development of apps for oject Tango devices. There are seven to eight apps written that it helped fund as part of the oject Tango App Incubator program, but more should follow. More than 100 Tango apps are also available on the Tango website, a representative said.

For example, oject Tango devices could guide a user to the right platform in a subway station using contextual positional awareness, Meredith said.

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novo’s ab2 o has a 6.4-inch screen that can be used for augmented reality gaming.

has suggested oject Tango could be used in stores—devices could guide users through aisles to specific products, then to cashiers by mapping “check out” signs.

has said oject Tango devices will also be able to map out entire homes offices.

The ab2 o will be improved over time. Object measurements aren’t accurate to the millimeter today, but that should get better, Meredith said.

The smartphone’s screen displays images at a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The hset weighs 259 grams  measures 10.7-millimeters at its thickest point. It has dual nano-SIM slots, 64GB of storage, 4GB of memory, a micro-SD slot for up to 128GB of extra storage. The hset has a 4050 milliamp-hour battery that can provide 18 hours of talk time 13 days of stby time.

novo also announced the ab2 us, which has a 6.4-inch full high-definition screen. It runs on a Tek quad-core processor, has 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM. It has a micro-SD slot for up to 128GB of external storage, it offers 23 hours of talk time 17 hours of stby time. It weighs 218 grams is 9.6 millimeters thick. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera 8-megapixel front camera. It will ship in September starting at $299.

novo also announced the $199 ab2, which has a 6.4-inch screen 16GB of storage. It will ship in September.