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A phone that can measure your couch? Yep. Hong Kong listed Lenovo teams with Google to size up your house

Google and Lenovo prove it takes two to Tango

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 January, 2016, 12:54pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 January, 2016, 9:28pm

Google and Hong Kong-listed Lenovo will begin selling a smartphone that can see in distances and do things like measure the height of your ceiling, or the area inside of a room, simply by touching a few points on the screen when pointing its cameras up and down, the companies said Thursday.

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They made the announcement at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the biggest event of the year in the consumer tech world.

A culmination of Google’s Project Tango, the device will be sold globally for under US$500 and have a screen under 6.5 inches diagonally, they said.

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Test devices have been in the shape of a small tablet that executives said was too large for consumers to use easily.

In a demonstration of the capabilities of such phones, executives showed how to play a virtual game of Jenga on a real coffee table, and they demonstrated how virtual pets could react to objects in the real world when caught in the phone’s gaze.

One app also appeared to place virtual furniture and appliances in a room measured by the device to see if they would fit.

The companies also put out a call for developers to apply to an app incubator by mid-February with the promise the apps could come pre-installed in the device when it goes on sale.