Help Save the Rainforest with Tango Smartphone AR

Get Into the Wild at the Singapore ArtScience Museum with Tango Smartphone AR on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon

Starting this week in Singapore and for the rest of the year, visitors at the ArtScience Museum will be treated to a first-of-its-kind augmented reality experience, powered by the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Qualcomm Snapdragon.  Built in collaboration with Google, Lenovo, WWF and Singaporean artist, Brian Gothong Tan, and in association with Panasonic and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the new Into the Wild exhibit transforms over 1,000 square meters of ArtScience Museum into a virtual Southeast Asian rainforest. The experience is made possible using the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 platform. It’s the latest and greatest example of how Tango is being used to enable innovative, compelling smartphone AR experiences.

Into the Wild: An Immersive Virtual Adventure

Visitors of the exhibit will step into the role of a wildlife reserve ranger, equipped with all the necessary tools to complete their AR journey. In the transformed museum space, they can learn about the Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve in Sumatra, Indonesia, the creatures that live there, and how to protect and rehabilitate its forests. The exhibit transforms the real into the virtual and back again, as visitors are given the opportunity to make a real-world impact in helping to rehabilitate the rainforest of Southeast Asia. Visitors can also have a tree planted in their name in the reserve.

The Technology

At the core of the experience is the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, which is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 652 platform. Snapdragon 652 brings efficient hardware integration and processing in a single System on Chip (SoC), as well as cutting-edge time stamping and camera and sensor processing capabilities. The Snapdragon heterogeneous computing platform is optimally balanced for a Tango workload and is designed for all-day use; demanding computer vision processing is performed by a single highly-efficient SoC with a tightly integrated suite of key modules, including a DSP, ISP and sensor hub. Snapdragon 652 also quickly processes and time stamps all the data simultaneously received from multiple camera sensors, gyro and accelerometer, resulting in a fast, smooth augmented reality experience, where 3D AR graphic overlays track more naturally to the physical surroundings.

Tango, through the Phab 2 Pro and Snapdragon 652, promises to change the way people think about mapping indoor spaces and smartphone augmented reality to create new experiences similar to Into the Wild. And to deliver on the best visual AR experience, the Phab 2 Pro has a 6”+ screen with intelligent Assertive Display featuring pin-sharp QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution, capable of optimizing image quality based on ambient lighting and content.

An Eye to the Future

While Tango is described as supporting three primary user experiences, those being 3D space measurement and modeling, gaming, and indoor navigation (the latter coming soon to select locations), the Into the Wild exhibit at the ArtScience Museum is a great example of how those definitions will likely expand greatly over time. It will be interesting to see how museums, other businesses and developers make use of Tango in ways none of us would've imagined.  Be sure to stay tuned, as we are very likely to see new announcements related to Tango this year.

Find out more about the Phab 2 Pro and Snapdragon support of Tango.