What Is Google’s Tango, Exactly, and Why Should You Care?

Posted June 10th 2016


via Fast Company

The first consumer Tango phone was announced yesterday by LG. Yay! Great! But what is Tango? And why should designers or consumers care?

Tango is actually a powerful computer vision technology being developed by Google that allows your smartphone to see its environment. It does this so well, in fact, that if you ride a roller coaster using Tango, it can build a 3-D map in real time. And I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Google stuck this same technology inside its Daydream VR headsets, so you could essentially turn your living room into a mini Holodeck—no special tracking systems needed.

For the slightly longer, significantly more charming explanation, watch the below video by Google’s own video duo Nat & Lo.