Hoping to bring more developers on board for its Project Tango tablet, Google is broadening availability of the slate to more countries.
Originally launched in May for the U.S., the Project Tango development kit is now available for $512 in South Korea and Canada. On August 26, Google will start selling the kit to Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Although Google sold Motorola to Lenovo for nearly $3 million back in early 2014, it did keep some Motorola assets including what has become ATAP, or Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group.
Project Tango is part of ATAP and is meant to both track the tablet's motion as well as sense the area and objects around it. With the right software, the hardware can create 3-D models based on captured images and data from the tablet.
Google says it has shipped 3,000 development kits to date, yielding a sizable amount of Tango-specific apps:
"Developers have already created hundreds of applications that enable users to explore the physical space around them, including precise navigation without GPS, windows into virtual 3D worlds, measurement of physical spaces, and games that know where they are in the room and what's around them."
Project Tango tablets run on Google's Android operating system and currently use Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage capacity. Motion is captured through standard mobile sensors such as a gyroscope and accelerometer. The slate also has a motion tracking camera and infrared sensor to determine what's around it.