Google Project Tango is dead—long live ARCore

Google has pulled the plug on its Project Tango augmented reality project, putting the knowledge gleaned during its development into ARCore, a "fast, performant, Android-scale SDK" that lets developers create augmented reality applications across a broad range of hardware. The search giant is now launching the second ARCore Developer Preview. While Project Tango required specific hardware in order to function, Google says ARCore will work on over 100 million devices when version 1.0 launches.

Among many other experiments, ARCore is the technology behind the AR Stickers feature on Google's Pixel phones. The second Developer Preview contains a new C API for use with the Android Native Development Kit that complements Java, Unity, and Unreal SDKs already in place. The Preview also includes functionality for pausing and resuming AR sessions, as well as improved accuracy and efficiency in the anchor, plane finding, and point cloud APIs.

Project Tango was launched in 2014 with the goal of using computer vision to detect user position without relying on GPS or other external signals. The project yielded a pair of development devices dubbed Peanut and Yellowstone, and later, two commercial devices, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the Asus Zenfone AR.

ARCore Developer Preview 2 is available for coders and hackers now. Google expects the platform to reach 1.0 status "in the coming months."

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    Google is shutting down an experimental service and rising up a new, totally redundant one in its place. Imagine that.

    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    thanks! do they have game of thrones AR? it would be awesome to have an entire dragon army in my front yard.

      • the
      • 2 years ago

      No you don’t. You have no idea how much it takes to clean up after those.

    • Bobs_Your_Uncle
    • 2 years ago

    Modernity is leaving me in the dust. I’m simply just too old & hopelessly behind the times … because I thought that the metamorphosis which combined the cell phone with the internet (aka: Smart Phones) was a pretty remarkable & transformative milestone. Adding a great camera to the mix was just an extra scoop of ice cream.

    Now … apparently … Smart Phones are no longer intended for pedestrian duties, like communicating & enhancing productivity, but rather are now fashioned to facilitate our creation of individual alternate realities: our own private parallel universes!

    Thank Heavens … someday soon we won’t have to bother ourselves with any of those “pesky other people” who always prove to be so bothersome. We can all just AR it!

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 2 years ago

    its video like this that solidify the idea that Disney created the new SW cast specifically to fit every demographic they could, so they could sell to every untapped demographic SW previously did not target. And there is probably a document explicitly saying that somewhere in their books, with pages upon pages of marketing plans going out a decade.

    • Lianna
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]improved accuracy and efficiency in the anchor, plane finding, and point cloud APIs[/quote<] It's a pity, but apart from the nice ad, which has "Screen images simulated", real world tests show much worse drift and "plane finding" (and neither obstacle detection nor visual clipping) than previous Tango implementations... kind of obvious on non-specialized hardware. Lack of inner interactions or collision avoidance between models just makes it feel even worse for a supposedly almost-mature (and 2nd+ version) implementation.

    • UberGerbil
    • 2 years ago

    Pretty sure the “ARCore” trademark is already owned by Stark Industries.

    BTW, are we really going with “stickers” for AR clip art? I realize everybody at Google is a 90s kid who grew up with [url=<]these[/url<], but...

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      All the cool kids are already familiar with that term from Snapchat so it makes sense.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 years ago

      Lisa Frank?

      • VincentHanna
      • 2 years ago

      wait, that was a 90’s thing?

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