Google has recently launched Daydream Headset in the Indian market. Daydream is Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality. The Daydream Headset is available to purchase from Flipkart for a price of Rs. 6499. But you will need to have a Daydream ready smartphone like Google pixel to run along with the virtual reality headset.
While Daydream is the technology for VR. Tango is a new technology from Google that enables augmented reality on smartphones. Let’s have a brief view of both the technologies.
What is Tango?
Tango is a close partnership between hardware and software. A depth-sensing camera detects nearby objects in real time, so virtual objects can interact with them. Motion tracking ensures virtual objects shift as you move the phone, giving the illusion that they’re staying in one spot in the real world.
What it means in the layman terms is that your smartphone becomes spatially aware of where it is. If it is placed in a room it can know at what point the device it and distance to objects in the room. While humans have the ability to process all this information for smartphones they do this using the depth sensing camera and motion tracking.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was the first smartphone to come with the Google Project Tango while the Asus Zenfone AR powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor was the first device to offer support for Daydream as well as Tango.
Tango also provides a consistent technology for developers, so augmented reality apps can work across different devices. It also helps apps to be easily discoverable by users. The kinds of experiences you can enjoy here range from exciting new
The kinds of experiences you can enjoy here range from exciting new games to home decor utilities, to new kinds of exploration.
The possibilities of augmented reality are just beginning to be explored. The Tango technology was first showcased by Google back in 2015 at CES on a Nvidia Tegra K1 tablet. Last year in 2016 Google showcased a more developed version of the technology at CES 2016. This has been in work for quite some time now and things are progressing to make it more consumer friendly.
Typical applications of the technology are you want to measure the length, breadth and height of a sofa you see at a store and how it fits in your room by creating a virtual image of your room and sofa.
Indoor wayfinding for robots and other IOT devices is looked upon as another application of the Project Tango technology.
What is Daydream?
Daydream is Google’s platform for virtual reality. It consists of Daydream-ready phones, Daydream-ready headsets and controllers, and Daydream apps. Daydream View – (buy from Flipkart) is the first Daydream-ready headset and controller designed and developed by Google. It also comes with a touch-and-motion enabled controller so you can easily interact with VR apps.
With the Daydream View, you will be able to explore new worlds through Google Street View and Fantastic Beasts. You can also enjoy YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO like never before. There are several games which are developed for the VR experience – Gunjack 2, LEGO® BrickHeadz, and Need for Speed. That’s just the beginning of the VR possibilities with Daydream.
The end result is a doorway to entirely new worlds for the next generation of young smartphone users.
Google has notably been pushing AR/VR technologies with its latest Android OS. The most prominent introduction, however, has been the ASUS ZenFone AR launch that took place at CES, 2017, earlier this year. The Asus Zenfone AR comes with 4 camera – 3 cameras at the back and there is 1 front camera.
Asus is expected to launch the Zenfone AR smartphone with 8 GB RAM in India by mid-July 2017, so we can expect some more cool things for AR and VR coming in the coming month for Android users.