Project Tango's tech will allow users to measure a room in 3D, recognize places the phone has been before, overlay augmented reality-style worlds on the screen and track movement through indoor spaces like shopping malls.
Google and Lenovo today also launched a Project Tango incubator, inviting developers to submit game and app ideas based on the 3D-scanning technology. The companies will select their favorite ideas, and provide funding and support to make them reality. Well -- augmented reality. The finished apps will launch on the new Lenovo-Google smartphone. Submissions close on February 15th, so enter your ideas right here as soon as possible.
Google held a similar contest last year and the "game" winner was a 3D puzzler that relies on actual, physical motion rather than screen tapping.
Intel is getting in on the Project Tango game as well, with a $400 phone-slash-dev kit that includes the company's RealSense technology. That phone is available for pre-order now. We can thank another Google partnership, this one with Qualcomm, for squeezing Project Tango into a smartphone in the first place.
Mat Smith and Chris Velazco contributed to this report.