For three years now Google has been working on its Project Tango augmented-reality AR technology for mobile devices.
And today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, there were more demos that made the system look even more promising.
There was an improved measurement app that recognizes edges and can then be used to measure the dimensions of windows, tables, and other objects.
The app can retain the corresponding images but also present schematics, which can then be used for other purposes, like identifying the right size of tablecloth or curtain set to purchase.There was an app that let you put a dinosaur in the middle of the room and then tap the plus button a fe times to make it look huge in the middle of the real-life environment in the background.There was an app in which you could select furniture and have models of it unboxed and placed right next to you, so you could see if it would be a good fit.There was an app that made little flowers sprout in the middle of the floor.
People who prefer iOS may have to wait before something like this gets baked into the operating system — it was not very long ago that Apple bought AR startup Flyby Media.Today Johnny Lee, who works on Project Tango at Google and previously worked on Kinect at Microsoft, played a video that demonstrates the latest research projects.There is no guarantee that any of these experiences will ever become available for consumers to try out.