Google develops Project Tango 3D tablets for imminent release

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.

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TOPICS: Google, Mobility, Tablets
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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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  • Googles

    Self driving cars, mapping projects, and some of their robotics ventures are using 3D mapping technology. I am not surprised to see them explore ways to expand this technology into other areas
    krossbow
    • I am Opposed

      If you understand the Google TOS and Privacy policy, you would realize that 3D tracking is NOT for you, it is for Google. Apparently they need to know where you are. They need to know EVERYTHING about you and your immediate environment so they can direct appropriate advertising at you.
      hforman9
      • Phase II

        "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."
        To keep the flow going, perhaps the new group of select "High Tech Camera" users (Explorers) could be labeled as "Advanced Scene Scenario" testers a.k.a.> A-S-S Holes
        MESURF4
        • Belay My Last

          I received a phone call in the middle of writing this & having ADD it caused a "Mindscramble". Unfortunately there is no edit feature and I hit Send before reviewing my comment. Seeing as how Scene & Scenario are kind of redundant., what I had intended to write was " Advanced Scenery System" testers.......
          Not that that's any less "STOOPID"

          Anyway
          ALOHA
          MESURF4
  • If I could

    Connect it directly to my brain, to enhance my own "mapping" capabilities.
    Why not.
    X15meshman
  • Its's really 6D technology

    Boston Dynamics could explain it but why turn off 99.999% of potential customers with talk of quaternions.
    jnffarrell
  • words

    Charlie, please learn the difference between *comprises* and *consists*.
    mediumcool
  • Just wondering

    What is real fundamental difference between what this is doing and what say Kinect technology can do? I have read articles whereby people use Kinect to for example digitally map caves and rooms and such.
    brickengraver
  • Range.

    One video I saw had it being used to map a forest trail.
    jessepollard