Google develops Project Tango 3D tablets for imminent release

Summary:Google is reportedly working on prototype Project Tango tablets capable of tracking your environment in 3D.

Google is working on a 7-inch tablet capable of capturing 3D images in high definition.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the new mobile device is based on technology developed within Project Tango.

Project Tango is part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. The project has been developing technology surrounding 3D imagery. Specifically, Project Tango is an Android platform for mobile devices designed to track 3D motion and objects, creating a map in real-time of the environment.

The publication says that 4,000 prototypes of the tablet could be released ahead of Google's I/O developer conference in June. Unnamed sources said the tablets will feature two back cameras, infrared sensors capable of registering depth of field and advanced software that will capture detailed, precise three-dimensional images of objects of space around the user.

A prototype smartphone containing Project Tango 3D technology was released in February . The 5-inch smartphone was fitted out with a 4MP camera, two computer vision processors, integrated depth sensing and a motion-tracking camera. The camera enabled the phone to detect and record over a quarter of a million 3D measurements every second, updating orientation in real-time and creating a map which replicated the user's environment.

As with the smartphone, Google will release a small number of tablets to developers, who can then harness the 3D imagery for use in practical and commercial applications -- in the same manner as Google Glass.

Google Glass is wearable technology that comprises of a visor and small screen. The headset, controlled by gestures and voice control, allows a user to access apps, take photos and record video. Glass is currently within the 'Explorer' phrase and developers are creating applications for use with the gadget , which boosts the Glass ecosystem before the technology is released to the general public.

Topics: Google, Mobility, Tablets

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