What is Google’s Project Tango?

Posted on Jun 29 2014 - 10:50pm by Devesh
Project Tango Introduction Page Screenshot

Project Tango Introduction Page Screenshot

Earlier this month, Google announced Project Tango. Project Tango is a tablet prototype which is designed to make use of motion-racking and 3D-mapping technology. Project Tango is a joint venture between Google and LG towards making such technology available in smartphones and/or tablets.

Project Tango will take advantage of various cameras and sensors that are built into smartphones or tablets. From what we have heard, there are 4 built-in camera sensors. Project Tango will come with an average 4 MP rear camera, 2 fish-eye cameras; one 180° rear FOV and one 120° front FOV. Then there is the camera sensor which is a 320×180 pixel OV4682 IR depth sensing camera. The IR camera is built by Omnivision.

Project Tango was conceptualized by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) Group. It is capable of capturing full 3D map of its environment. Currently it is being used for games, 3D interior building mapping, robotics sensory, and visually impaired navigation aids.

For further details, you can check-out the video below:

Project Tango Tablet Development Kit

Currently, all developer units have been handed out to third-party software developers. Project Tango partners include Bosch, Bsquare, Compal, ETH, Flyby, The George Washington University, Hidof, Infineon, NASA, JPL Kitware, Mantis Vision, Matterport, MM Solutions, Movidius, NVIDIA, OLogic, Omnivision, Open Source Robotics Foundation, Paracosm, PMD, SagivTech, Speck Design, Sunny Optical Technology, University of Minnesota

Project Tango Tablet Development Kit

Project Tango Tablet Development Kit

Project Tango 7″ Tablet Development Kit Specs:

  1. NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  2. 4 GB RAM
  3. 128 GB internal storage
  4. Motion-tracking camera
  5. Integrated depth sensing
  6. Wi-Fi and 4G LTE
  7. Bluetooth Connectivity (BTLE)

According to Google

“These development kits are specifically designed for professional developers who are interested in exploring the future of mobile 3D sensing. Developers will receive updates as the software algorithms and APIs evolve. These development kits are not a consumer device and will be available in limited quantities.”

Project Tango tablets are going to be made available to developers for $1024.

What do you think of Google’s highly ambitious Project Tango? Will Google’s highly ambitious Project Tango put a positive spin on 3D mapping technology? What other features would you like to see in Google’s highly ambitious Project Tango?

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