Intel Ceases Project Tango Smartphone, Focusing on Augmented Reality

Intel Tango Smartphone

On July 28th 2016, Agam Shah wrote an article for Computer World talking about how Intel is quietly closing down the Project Tango smartphone and refocusing their ideas towards augmented reality. During Intel’s Developer Forum in San Francisco last year, most of the audience was attracted towards the Real-sense 3D camera which used drones and robots to “see” the world around them.

The phone hit the market in January of 2016 which is priced at $399.00. This new phone allowed for developers to build augmented reality applications with the implementation of Real-sense.

However, the smartphone didn’t create enough hype to generate sales. The phone started slowly disappearing from the market. It seems as in the Real-sense is alive however, Intel might be taking an alternative route and looking to use augmented reality and virtual reality in different forms.

Here’s what Shah has to say about Intel’s next move.

Intel will lay out its current VR and AR strategy at this year's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco next month. While it's scaled back its development of Atom chips, it will describe plans for a pair of augmented-reality smart glasses for remote collaboration, based on another low-power chip-set.

Intel's best assets for VR and AR today are the powerful PC processors needed to drive headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Intel doesn't provide the graphics to drive those headsets, however, which come from Nvidia and AMD.

Intel a semiconductor company that is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It was founded in July 18th 1968.



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