Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro is an upper mid-range, 6.4-inch beast of a phone with power to spare and decent battery life for $499, available on Lowe's website as of this writing, and in stores come December. It also happens to be the very first phone in the world to support Google's Tango augmented reality technology. The tech uses specially made cameras and sensors to enable integration between the real world and the digital world. In the case of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, this means that it's the very first phone that can run a number of apps that make creative new use of augmented reality. Right now, such apps number only in the dozens, and the Vision app from Lowe's is one of them.
Lowe's Vision is available exclusively on the Phab 2 Pro for now, and there is no word on whether future Tango phones and tablets may see compatibility with it, though it is listed in the Play Store, so there is some hope. The app allows you to check out Lowe's entire stock of home furnishings, appliances, flooring and other such merchandise, and digitally insert your findings into any room in your home. Since Tango is capable of indoor mapping and accurate measurements, this allows users to see exactly how a new piece of furniture or other home improvement would look, and what they may need to do to make space for it or otherwise, make their home compatible to accommodate the new item. From there, users can create a shopping list to link to their myLowe's account.
The app can also measure things quite accurately, thanks to the depth-sensing capabilities imparted by Tango. In the press release regarding the app, Lowe's says that it turns the user's phone into a "power tool" for home improvement planning. Once you've filled up your virtual space with Lowe's merchandise and had a good look at your DIY project's potential end result, you can also save your creation and snap photos to share with friends and contractors to get a second opinion or some help making your dream home a reality. The app is available in the Play Store for free, but as stated above, is currently limited to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.