Google slashes price of Project Tango Tablet Developers kit in half

The company hopes to expand the base of developers working on 3D mobile sensing by reducing the price of entry to $512.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

Google launched the Project Tango Tablet Developers kit last June as a way to spur application development for 3D mobile sensing experiences. Developers whose applications were accepted received a tablet with solid specs, but paid a hefty price for it: $1,024, to be exact.

Now the company is looking to lure additional developers to request a kit by making the price a lot more affordable. According to Android Police, Google has informed some applicants via email that they can purchase a Project Tango kit that is half the original price. Google also cryptically mentioned that it would be "opening up sales more broadly" in the near future.

For $512, the tablet now looks like a much better deal for applicants, featuring an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 1,920x1,200 7-inch display, 128GB of built-in storage, and a 170-degree motion tracking camera, among other features. Google also provides developer resources to let owners get the most out of the on-board motion-tracking and depth-perception sensors.

It's unclear just how "broadly" Google would open up sales, though this wouldn't have the more widespread appeal of Google Glass, which had the plug pulled on it a few months ago. Then again, Google Glass hasn't been viewed as a runaway success, so the company may be a little more judicious in opening things up with Project Tango.

For the moment, the process to obtain the tablet development kit remains the same: Head to the Project Tango website, and fill out a short form to apply. Developers, will the price cut make you more likely to apply now? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

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