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The LG G8 ThinQ’s 3D camera will enable touch-free gesture support

LG will unveil its next flagship phone in a few days, but the company has already explained that the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ will have a Time of Flight (ToF) camera with 3D, depth-sensing capabilities. Now the company is explaining a little more about how the ToF module can be used… not only in the […]

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Microsoft Research unveils Project Zanzibar mat that interacts with real-world objects

Microsoft Research has unveiled a new portable, flexible mat with a bunch of sensors so that it can detect touch input, gestures made in the air above the mat, or objects placed upon it. The Project Zanzibar mat uses a combination of capacitive touch sensors and NFC (near field communication) to track objects in real-time, […]

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Google is pulling the plug on Project Tango in March, 2018

Before Apple start shipping a $1000 smartphone with a 3D, depth-sensing camera system on the front, there was Google’s Project Tango technology… which put 3D, depth-sensing camera technology on the back of a phone or tablet. Only two commercial smartphones ever shipped with Project Tango, the Asus Zenfone AR and Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. And […]

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Huawei is working on a Face ID alternative (Knockoff Animoji too)

Apple spent years developing the Face ID system used in the iPhone X, essentially shrinking the technology found in the Xbox Kinect (which measures 9.8″ x 2.6″ x 2.6″) so that it fits in the notch at the top of Apple’s $1000 smartphone. But Apple isn’t the only company to develop technology that creates a […]

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Unlocked Asus Zenfone AR is available for $599 and up (with up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage)

Verizon may be the only US wireless carrier selling the Asus Zenfone AR. But it turns out you don’t need to be a Verizon customer to buy the first smartphone to support both Google’s Tango and Daydream platforms. Amazon is selling an unlocked version of the phone for $599 and up. Note that this model […]

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Honor V9 smartphone has 3D cameras, up to 6GB RAM

Huawei’s latest premium smartphone features a 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, a Kirin 960 processor, and a 4,000 mAh battery. It’s called the Honor V9, and those aren’t even necessarily the most interesting things about this phone, which was unveiled today in China. On the back of the phone there’s a dual-camera system […]

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Some of the best (and first) Project Tango games (Google’s 3D sensor system for phones, tablets)

Google’s Project Tango technology adds 3D depth and motion tracking technology to Android phones and tablets. That might not sound quite as sexy as say, the Project Ara modular smartphone effort the company’s also undertaking. But Project Tango is a bit closer to launch: Google has been selling developer kit tablets for a while, and […]

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Nokia’s first Virtual Reality device is a professional camera

The rumors that Nokia was planning to launch a Virtual Reality product were true. But the Finnish company isn’t producing a headset that you can use to watch interactive videos or play games. Instead, the company’s first VR device is a camera called Ozo. It can capture 360 degree video and audio to help create virtual […]

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Build a phone-powered 3-D projection pyramid

Folks have been projecting 3D images (and people) for over a hundred years. Have a smartphone or tablet? You can build your own projector that can make imagery from your mobile device jump off the screen with materials that should cost just few dollars. Instructable contributor mikroGanesh has a do-it-yourself project for a 3-D pyramid projector […]

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Gaming smartphone from Snail Games up for pre-order for $400

Snail Games introduced gaming smartphone at CES earlier this year, and now it’s available for pre-order from Amazon for $400. While the retail listing says the Snail Mobile W3D will ship in December, Snail says it should actually be available September 29th. Of course you can play games on most smartphones. But there are a few […]

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Google’s Project Tango 3D-sensing tablet available to all for $512

Google’s Project Tango is an effort to create phones and tablets with special sensors and software designed to capture 3D motion and depth. This lets the tablet create a three dimensional map of its environment in real-time, allowing you to create and run apps that blur the lines between real-world locations and virtual objects. For […]