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It Takes Two To (Project) Tango

By Randal Erman

Project Tango isn’t some new sports drink flavor or even the latest hit series on Bravo, although mark the tape on that idea. So what is it? Project Tango is another world-altering technology in the works from Google.

The concept is easy: Google wants to make every mobile device perceive itself within physical reality. Am I getting some blank stares? Basically, Google wants your phone to understand that it is three feet above the ground, that there is a wall 10 feet away, and that there is an object that looks like a lamp to the right. Google wants your phone to have vision and an understanding of the world around it. 

Opportunities to integrate Project Tango technology are boundless, and really border on science fiction, like robots that can move extremely well inside cluttered spaces or game applications like hide and seek with virtual characters. Speaking of science fiction: It was just recently announced that Google will be sending Project Tango smartphones to space as soon as this week. 

The really cool part of this technology is that it is not that far away, as LG announced at Google IO 2014 that in 2015 they would be bringing this technology to market. There is also a developers program with Google already in existence. Heck, we at ecoATM have even postulated if this could someday replace our super cool computer vision system which we utilize to correctly identify phones. Imagine if instead of using cameras and images to analyze phones, ecoATM built a 3D model of the phone with raised buttons. If we take it a step further, try to imagine being able to model phone damage like cracks in the screen or depressed edges due to drops.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video on the Project Tango page and tell us what you think in the comments.

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Do you have fond memories of your old flip phone? 

Younger Device Owners More Likely to Hold On to Used Cell Phones and Tablets, Don’t Recycle or Trade-In

Who’s got the tighter grip on their old electronics? Don’t look at the baby boomers. Young people (ages 18 - 49) are more likely than their older counterparts (ages 50 and older) to stockpile their old or used cell phones and tablets. But that’s not the only surprising thing to come out of our most recent survey: We discovered that only 24% of our survey responders have ever tried to recycle their electronic gadgets. Nostalgia may account for why these younger individuals refuse to trade in smartphones and other technology. 

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My name is Alison, and I’m not a gamer. The first step is admitting it, or at least that’s what I hear.

Before you hit the back button on this post, hear me out. I may not be a modern-day gamer, but I definitely dabbled back in the day. I know what up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-B-A-Start means, ok? I beat an entire game of Contra once (just once) by using that trick. I’ve destroyed probably 75% of the United States during my Rampage playing days. Princess Peach and I tear it up in Mario Kart™.

However, I tend to get that foggy, blank look when people try to talk to me about the games of 2014. I work at ecoATM with an awesome group of people who happen to love video games, so I’ve been surprisingly clued in to the events of E3 this year (that’s the Electronic Entertainment Expo). So without further ado, here are the coolest E3 announcements in the eyes of a total n00b: 


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1. Nintendo’s “amiibo”

Or as I like to call them, “Action figures that do what?” These figurines work by scanning them over a Wii U GamePad. Then, that specific character will be able to play in a number of compatible games, like Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart™ 8, and Mario Party™ 10. For example, I previously mentioned being BFFs with Her Royal Peachness. By scanning her amiibo, I can insert her into a game and play as her opponent or as her partner in crime. If we had these things when I was growing up, I probably never would have seen daylight again.


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2. Dance Central: Spotlight

There are two game types in this world that I am guaranteed to enjoy:

  1. Racing
  2. Dancing

So it makes sense that I’m excited about the release of Dance Central: Spotlight by Harmonix for Xbox One. I’m always a fan of games that make you get up and move instead of sinking into the couch, which brings me to my third pick…


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3. Upcoming Wii U Game Releases

I haven’t wanted a game console this bad since I asked my mom for a Sega Genesis for Christmas. Nintendo had me day dreaming about the Wii U after it announced a slew of upcoming new games that were made for a nostalgic person like me. Check out this lineup: 

  • Super Smash Brothers
  • Star Fox
  • Zelda
  • Mario Maker

Maybe this will be the year where I get back into video games? Anything is possible. But for right now, I’ll just stick to finishing blog posts (cue Mortal Kombat: “FINISH HIM!”). 

Alison is the Community Relations Specialist at ecoATM.


30 Years of Mobile


Evolution of my phones…