The integrated SoC approach will make the adoption of Tango’s AR technology a breeze for smartphone manufacturers.
Device manufacturers can make their products Tango compatible simply by making use of Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 600 and 800 SoCs.
According to Ars Technica, Qualcomm has been collaborating with Google for the last one and a half years so as to make Google’s augmented reality technology a reality among consumers quickly.
When Google first displayed its Project Tango prototype, it made use of a of a chip just for computer vision. However, when the first Tango smartphone was released, Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro, it didn’t feature any such chip since it relied on its quad-core Snapdragon 652 processor to run Tango’s augmented reality capabilities.
According to Qualcomm, since its chips are optimized for augmented reality, Tango ultimately ends up using less processing power and consumes just two watts. In comparison other processor would consume significantly more CPU cycles and wattage to run Tango.
By removing the need to have yet another chip to process AR functions, Google’s collaboration with Qualcomm has resulted in an integrated approach, which phone manufacturers can easily adopt and reap the benefits.
You would be right to recall that with Tango, you can superimpose images over the real world thanks to the device’s camera, thus augmented reality. One of its practical uses could be to help you visualize what your house or furniture would look like, before you even drilled a hole.