Google’s Project Tango: The World Of 3D For the Smartphone and Tablet Worlds

Google has long been identified as one of the leading companies on the internet when it comes to new and innovating tech toys. For example, the Android operating system brought a ton of customization to the smartphone world, providing an excellent alternative to the fixed makeup of Apple’s iPhone. Google Glass is another, a device designed to augment the world around us.

However, the newest announcement made by Google, regarding the imminent release of a tablet that can capture 3D images in high definition may just raise the bar on cool new devices. Dubbed Project Tango, and a part of Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) division, the design of the tablet is to allow a 3D rendering of the world around us, much the same as with Google Glass.


The Smartphone

The first offering to come out of Project Tango was a 3D smartphone that made its way onto the consumer market this past February. This device included the sensors and cameras needed in order to render a 3D image of your surrounding area. This includes a 4mp camera, built-in depth sensing, two computer-vision processors and a camera for tracking motion. The sensors are part of the Movidius’ Myriad 1 processor platform, the latest of which drains much less power than previous generations.

The Tablet

Following on the heels of Project Tango’s smartphone version, a tablet with the same technology is slated for limited release sometime before their I/O developer conference in June. These early releases will be doled out to interested developers, much the same as what has happened with Google Glass. Specific details concerning the hardware specs had not been released at the time of this writing.

Would a smartphone with built-in 3D rendering be something that would interest you? What types of things would you use it for? Let us know in the Comments section below!

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