Google Announces a Smartphone Which Can Map the World Around It : Project Tango
Ahead of Google I/O 2014, Google has recently announced one of its most innovative project : Project Tango. Which is a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. Project Tango is mostly aimed at bringing 3D technology to smartphones, for potential applications such as indoor mapping, gaming and helping blind people navigate.
Project leader Johnny Lee said the goal of the project, which incorporates robotics and vision-processing technology, is “to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion”.
“What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping?” Google said on its Project Tango website.
The phone is set to feature a 5-inch body and 3D sensors capable of taking a quarter of a million measurements every second. Google intends for these sensors to work with mobile games and apps related to navigation.
The first 200 prototypes of the phone are set to distributed to a limited group of developers in mid-March. In true Google fashion, this selection of developers will be hand-picked by the company. You can apply for a prototype on Project Tango’s website and it’s expected the device will play a large role at Google’s upcoming I/O developer conference, taking place from June 25 to the 26.
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