Google Project Tango 3D-mapping smartphone:
Google has today launched Google Project Tango – an experimental smartphone and developer kit incorporating 3D sensors. This one-of-its-kind smartphone is a custom built 5-inch phone with the ability to map indoor and outdoor environments. Powered with custom specs, Project Tango smartphone will be able to make more than a quarter million 3D measurements every single second!
The project has been launched by Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) team of Google. This innovative piece of smartphone technology offers 3D motion tracking to mobile devices to create a visual 3D map of the space around them.
Project Tango is an attempt to give mobile devices a human scale understanding of space and mention, as puts the project leader Johnny Chung Lee. Project Tango is supported by a prototype kit already designed for enthusiastic developers. Similar to Project Glass, Google Project Tango will also depend much on developers’ knowledge and expertise creating core apps and experiences using the power of this custom built combo of hardware and software.
For now, the Google Project Tango is not connected with Android ecosystem. Google is hiring developers to create apps for Project Tango and intends to start the work as early as March. 200 prototype kits are being distributed among developers inviting them to describe what would they build with this technology. If this Project goes sorta successful among developers, we could see many devices incorporating these techniques along with the usual accelerometers, proximity sensors, gyroscopes, etc to create better user experiences in terms of space, objects and complete environments. Expect some innovative things happening in mapping, navigation and gaming zones.
What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?
Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character, or transforming the hallways into a tree-lined path. Imagine competing against a friend for control over territories in your home with your own miniature ar
For more details, please check google.com/atap/projecttango/