A selection of design prototypes for the Project Tango tablet, crafted by Speck Design. These models were presented to the Tango team, who then offered feedback on how they fit in with the project's mission.
Several mockups of the Project Tango tablet. This box, found in ATAP's office, contains a wide variety of different prototypes built at various stages of the design process; the yellow ones were some of the first rough models that Speck presented to the Tango team, while the darker prototypes came later and are more detailed.
These are just a few of the early mockups designed by Speck and shown to ATAP in Project Tango's early stages. None of these made the final cut, although the one on the left appears to have been given more thought, judging by a few more fine details than the rest.
One of Speck's more unique design renders early on.
Another view of Speck's oddly angular Tango mockup.
Another of Speck's unique design prototypes featured a flagpole-style grip on one side. Incidentally, Lenovo has used a similar idea on some of its recent tablets.
Several design prototypes stacked up.
This mockup is one of the closest to the Tango tablet's final design that we saw.
We'll give Speck points for creativity, but it's a good thing this didn't make it past the early stages.
Another view of the box of prototypes stashed away in ATAP's office. According to Speck, this was only a small fraction of the total mockups.
Most of the early mockups took roughly an hour to build.
A front-facing view of the angular prototype. Given the inclusion of details on how the screen would look, this model apparently got at least some traction from the Tango team early on.
One of Speck's prototypes with a lot more detail than many of the firm's other models.
The earliest mockups are near the top, while more detailed options are below.
This early Tango tablet mockup was a pretty wild idea, but given its lack of fine details, it didn't get too far in the design approval process.
<p>Once Speck and ATAP had a good idea of how the final version would look, the designers got to work on the nitty gritty details.</p> <p>Image credit: ATAP. </p>
<p>Speck had to invent a special Tango prototype solely for user testing purposes. This model came with an early Tango platform taped onto a block of plywood and included a built-in protractor to measure and adjust camera angles.</p> <p>Image credit: ATAP.</p>
<p>More views of Speck's stash of prototypes.</p> <p>Image credit: ATAP.</p>
<p>The Speck designers are shown here working on a mockup of the Tango tablet's final design.</p> <p>Image credit: ATAP.</p>
<p>With rough mockups complete, the next step was to draw up the model with all of the fine details; this is the literal drawing board for the Tango tablet.</p> <p>Image credit: ATAP</p>
<p>While Speck did the bulk of the design work, the Tango team reached out to Motorola's User Experience Design (UXD) crew at the same time to do up a few early concepts as well. This particular concept actually had quite a few similarities to the final product.</p> <p>Image provided by: ATAP</p>
<p>Another early conceptual design from Motorola's UXD group. </p> <p>Image provided by: ATAP</p>