Project Tango is a project run by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), formerly a division of Motorola. The new tablet joins a smartphone as a device that features sensors to track the 3D motion of the device and build up a 3D model of the environment it is in.
According to Google, the goal of Project Tango is to "give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion."
A tablet is the latest Project Tango device to be unveiled, and the folks at iFixit got their hands on one to take to pieces.
Note that this tablet is not a commercial device, instead a limited edition development kit "professional developers interested in exploring the future of mobile 3D sensing."
The spec is quite impressive, with the tablet featuring a 7-inch HD 1920 by 1200 (323 pixels-per-inch) touchscreen display, a 2.3 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (same silicon as found in Nvidia's SHIELD tablet), 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage that's expandable thanks to a built-in microSD card slot. On the connectivity front it features wi-fi, Bluetooth LE and 4G LTE.
Here is a listing on the silicon inside the Project Tango tablet.
- Nvidia TD580D-A1 quad-core Tegra K1 processor
- SanDisk 4133DF4PG02X 128 GB flash memory
- Elpida FA232A2MA 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM (two ICs for 4 GB total)
- Broadcom BCM4752IUB2G integrated multi-constellation GNSS receiver
- Broadcom BCM43341XKUBG single-chip dual-band combo device supporting 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0+HS & FM receiver
- Realtek ACL5642 Hi-Fi audio single chip with voice/sound DSP and CODEC
- STMicroelectronics STM32L151QD ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 MCU
- NXP Semiconductors 546A 0108 TXD403
- ON Semiconductor NCP45560 controlled load switch
- Nvidia ICE9245B-C2 low-power, multimode RF transceiver
- Nvidia Icera ICE9045T-A2 LTE modem
- Texas Instruments TPS659121A PMU
- Skyworks 77621-11 multimode multiband power amplifier module
But that's not what's special about the Project Tango tablet. What's really special are the eyes of the tablet. Facing the front is a 120-degree camera, while on the back is a 4MP RGB-IR camera and a separate 170-degree motion tracking camera. Google has even put thought into keeping user's fingers away from the cameras, creating a unique design to prevent the cameras being obscured.
Powering all this is a custom dual-cell 7.6V/18Wh Li-ion battery.
Interested parties can apply for a development kit direct from Google.