Google has officially launched its Tango smartphone augmented reality system, after more than two years of development.
Tango is only available on the Lenovo Phab2 Pro right now though it’s expected that Tango will be available on Android phone in the coming year.
Around 35 apps are launching with Tango. For gamers there are titles such as Crayola Color Blaster.
There are other apps such as iStaging that allows users to place furniture or objects in a space to see what it looks like before buying. Matterport’s scenes app allows users to capture spaces in 3D, which looks amazing.
Tango works next to Daydream, the company’s smartphone virtual reality platform. Hopefully one day both Tango and Daydream are connected offering much more to users.
Microsoft held the Windows 10 event today and there were a few things that were unveiled in Microsofts approach to creativity and innovation using the latest technologies.
Windows 10 is getting an update called the “Creators Update.” The update will introduce the addition of new 3D creation tools, live-streaming, and custom tournaments for the Xbox app. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group said he wants windows 10 to have the effect of the Gutenberg press of the next wave of computing.
Microsoft has relaunched the Paint app with a push into 3D. The updated app allows users to turn photos into 3D “memories,” export three-dimensional creations from Minecraft, and turn mostly anything into an 3D object. The objects can also be used and viewed via the HoloLens. During the presentation there was an incredible amount of focus on VR and AR capabilities.
Microsoft is also venturing into VR in addition to its AR platform the HoloLens. The VR headsets will start selling at $299, though they will run on the same platform as the HoloLens. No date has been issued for the VR headsets release, although Microsoft has said that Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will be making headsets.
The creators update will have big changes to the Xbox. The Xbox app will have live broadcasting built into with the update. Players will be able to stream as a part of Xbox Live allowing players to follow Xbox Live friends. Comments and suggestions from viewers is also going to be integrated directly in-game. There is also going to be an update to its Arena platform allowing for custom tournaments and challenges. The update will also include Dolby Atmos audio support for the Xbox.
Microsoft is also focusing heavily on socializing and communicating with friends and family. Communicating with friends and family can be done directly in the task bar, which allow users to drag and drop content. This update will also include “taps” that let users send stickers of 3D objects.
3D printers are one of those exciting, innovative, futuristic devices that you want but costs more than you can afford and can be over sized, until now. OLO is the compact, affordable, 3D printer that you can buy for $99.
OLO is particularly different because it connects to your smartphone to build the 3D objects. It uses materials called Daylight Resins, that harden from the light of a smartphone screen. It uses an app to load the object and the smartphone light to print upon with the phone being placed under the polarized glass located at the base of the device.
The OLO uses a photo-polymer resin which is poured into the device, a reservoir, and a mechanized lid with the build plate. The polarized glass at the base takes the light from the smartphone and redirects it upward since smartphone light shines outward. This light makes the pattern of the object you want to print and once the light hits the reservoir it causes a the resin to harden layer by layer. This is ingenious because it cuts the expense of having to buy a more expensive light projector. The downside is the time it takes to print meaning your phone wont be available for a few hours. A simple solution would be to print your object at night.
This new type of 3D printer might not be the best around or have the most power, but for its price and intended use its in its own class and it definitely can have the influence and affordability to allow for a broad spectrum of users to get their hands on the technology.
The device is available at their kickstarter campaign page, though you might want to hurry.